The Irish sports world is outraged after an ‘LGBT’ women’s soccer team with a trans player defeated their opponent in the final by 8 goals.
A so-called LGBT women’s soccer team, with at least one trans player, has sparked outrage after it won the final of a competition by beating its opponent by a devastating margin of eight goals.
The event has now sparked significant controversy within Irish sports at a time when many sports organizations have banned transgender players born as males from participating in women’s competitions.
According to an report By the Irish independentthe pro-LGBT Gaelic football team Na Gaeil Aeracha defeated their opponents Na Fianna’s women’s E team in the Dublin Junior J Shield football final.
Na Fianna’s coach is said to have approached the referee before the match to request the presence of the transgender player, who is mentioned in the publication as Italy’s national Giulia Valentino.
The match official also reportedly stopped the match after the first stoppage of play to tell the captain of Na Gaeil Aeracha that there was “a problem with your number 21”. [player]” and that “the player is a man”.
The captain is said to have told the referee that Valentino was a trans woman, but the referee replied: “This is the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association”.
However, despite his own protests, the game looks set to continue with Valentino’s on-and-off presence, with Na Gaeil Aeracha reportedly romping to victory with an eight-goal lead – an improvement on the team’s four-goal lead. win in their semifinals.
The Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association – the official body that regulates the playing of women’s Gaelic football matches – has since announced that it is developing a policy around the presence of transgender athletes in competitions.
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According to the Irish independent report, Valentino has a history of being an “outspoken supporter of transgender people being allowed to exercise in the gender they choose”.
The ex-rugby player, who switched to GAA after injury, would also like to play in a women’s sport “because of sisterhood, validation and political visibility; as a trans woman, those things are very important to me.”
While Valentino may enjoy playing both with and against women, many sports organizations have since proven much less fond of the idea, with some banning transgender people from playing in women’s games.
For example, international bodies for both Rugby League and Rugby Union games have banned trans women from playing women’s rugby, with both agencies voicing concerns for the well-being of the players.
“Transgender women may not be playing women’s rugby at the moment,” says a message on the World Rugby website. “Why? Because of the size, strength and power-producing benefits that testosterone provides during puberty and adolescence, and the consequent player well-being it brings.
The post also notes that some have argued that testosterone suppression could be used to allow trans players to compete by taking away their benefits, but the body has flatly rejected this.
“Research contradicts this and consistently shows that total mass, muscle mass and/or strength is reduced by up to 5 percent to 10 percent when testosterone is suppressed to levels in the female range over a 12-month period,” says the Body. writes.
“With the added factor of training, either before or during the testosterone suppression period, it is expected that baseline/pre levels for these variables will be higher, and that training will reduce the decline of these variables with testosterone reduction.”
“As a result, given the magnitude of the biological differences prior to testosterone suppression, this relatively small effect of testosterone lowering allows substantial and meaningful differences to persist,” the website continues.
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