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BBC Infuriates Trans Activists By Exploring Both Sides Of Trans Athlete Debate

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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The BBC will explore both sides of the transgender athlete debate in an upcoming documentary, an old school journalism convention that contrasts sharply with the way most media outlets are approaching the subject. Transgender activists are already furious.

The film will use all-time tennis great Martina Navratilova, one of several prominent female athletes who say it’s unfair for biological men to compete with women in sports, as a springboard to explore the debate. She will talk to athletes, sporting officials and scientists on various sides of the issue, including transgender athlete Joanna Harper, whose work is often cited by transgender activists and who helped the Olympic Committee craft new guidelines for transgender athletes, and Sharron Davies, an Olympic swimmer who says allowing transgender athletes to compete with women will end up destroying women’s sports.