This is historic!
The transgender community has been making some amazing strides this past year with its growing visibility in Hollywood — and now the sports world, too!
The International Olympic Committee will now permit transgender athletes to compete in the games worldwide without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery first!
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In a statement, the IOC said:
"To require surgical anatomical changes as a pre-condition to participation is not necessary to preserve fair competition and may be inconsistent with developing legislation and notions of human rights."
But this new change comes with stricter rules for certain transitioning athletes.
According to documents published by the committee, competitors transitioning from male to female must declare they are transitioning at least four years prior to competing in the new category.
Per the guidelines, these athletes also must have low levels of testosterone in their system:
"The athlete's total testosterone level in serum must remain below 10 nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category."
While this stipulation might sound restrictive, the IOC is making sure not to segregate any transitioning athletes.
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Those who are not eligible to compete in the female events will instead be permitted to compete in the male events!
The rules for females transitioning to males are more lenient, as the rules state:
"Those who transition from female to male are eligible to compete in the male category without restriction."
AH-Mazing! We're so happy that the Olympic Games will carry the torch to a more progressive future!
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[Image via The Olympic Games/Facebook.]
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