Transgender Athlete Banned From AFL

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The Australian Football League (AFL) has elected to ban a transgender athlete from playing in their competition according to Twitter trending and the Herald Sun.

This is in contradiction to the Olympic’s transgender guidelines which would have let Hannah compete.

PC: Screenshot of Twitter Trends by Raging Freedom/Turning Point News.

The AFL cited that Hannah would have an “unreasonable advantage” against natural born female soccer players. The debate on whether transgender athletes who have muscle tones equal to the sex they identify with still rages on. The Olympics claim that hormone levels are indeed enough to determine whether this is the case, but is widely disputed.

Standing at a whopping 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 220 lbs, she is far beyond the stature of the average American male. The average American male height is 5 foot 9.5 inches according to Livestrong and 5 foot 4 inches for females (source).

The presentation as a female that transgender individuals seek cannot ignore the real life biological differences in professional sports. Gender transition is not perfect scientifically speaking. The masculine bone structure and density can remain the same during hormone treatment. Ovaries do not develop within the transgender woman, and regular hormone supplements are required. Over time the bones gradually become more ‘feminine’, but the frame can sometimes remain shaped the same as it was prior to transitioning. There is potential for testosterone levels to be higher as well as statistical height advantages, but the IOC tests for this.


According to The Guardian, transgender athletes may compete in the Olympics even if they have male genitalia. According to the IOC “The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition)”.

PC: AFL/Wikimedia Commons.

This means that there is also a consensus among the consulted doctors that the advantage that biological males who transition to females eventually will fade with hormonal treatment.

For some reason, the IOC and the AFL have different viewpoints regarding what criteria transgender women need to meet to participate in athletic activities.

H/T Turning Point via Raging Freedom

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