World Rugby’s proposed ban on transgender women sparks outcry

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08/15/2020

Citing recent research, a 38-page World Rugby transgender working group draft document is proposing a ban on transgender women from playing women’s rugby. An anonymous leaked the draft document to The Guardian. Windy City Times was unable to obtain the document for verification. This proposal has sparked an outcry among rugby players world-wide, including the Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club. “The latest proposed guidelines from World Rugby, which were recently leaked to the media, would tighten playing restrictions for trans men, and ban trans women from playing rugby entirely,” said Chicago Dragons Diversity and Inclusion Chair Matt Dela Cruz in a Facebook post. “The proposal attempts to implement an irrational standard based on incomplete research and will negatively affect all trans and non-binary players. “These guidelines, geared [toward] elite rugby players, would negatively affect amateur rugby players, who make up most of the world’s rugby participants. These guidelines actively turn away the trans and non-binary community from the sport of rugby, in part, because they will be forced to undergo invasive medical tests.

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