Transgender Women Banned in Women’s Chess
hot-button issue: a subject that many people have strong feelings about and often causes disagreement
Transgender athletes competing in women’s sports has become a hot button issue. Some believe these athletes should be allowed to play sports as their legal gender. Others say that athletes born male who transition to female will always have an unfair physical advantage.
But what if the sport is purely mental? While there are no men’s only chess competitions, there is women’s chess.
The International Chess Federation has banned transgender women from women’s competitions. They also are removing titles won by women who transition to men. According to an article in NPR if a transgender man detransitions back to a female, the titles could be restored. “Meanwhile, transgender women can keep any titles they earned before they transitioned.”
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