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British Cycling sets deadline for new transgender inclusion policy

British Cycling sets deadline for new transgender inclusion policy

British Cycling has committed itself to a deadline of spring 2023 to publish its new transgender inclusion policy. The national governing body attracted controversy in…

Thursday, Nov 17

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British Cycling has committed itself to a deadline of spring 2023 to publish its new transgender inclusion policy.

The national governing body attracted controversy in April after blocking trans riders from competing as it suspended its policy on transgender and non-binary athletes, pending a full review.

The policy had only been introduced in January but had received mixed reception among female coaches and riders with some very concerned it would effect the ability of cis women to compete.

Trans rider Emily Bridges, who’s aim to compete at the national championships had brought the issue to the fore, was publicly damning of the decision in June and said the decision was made due to “public pressure.”

“I think there’s a lot of public pressure to pull the policy and I think that’s why it was pulled," Bridges said.

Bridges also explained that after promising a “full review” she was not contacted by the organisation.

“I’ve heard nothing from them,” she explained. “They said that they’d be in touch about the procedure, about how they were going to make the new policy. But I haven’t heard anything.”"So, either they’re not doing anything or they’re not doing what they said in their email to me and including me in making a policy."However this afternoon, British Cycling confirmed that a review is ongoing and that it “remains committed to ensuring that trans and non-binary people are welcomed, supported and celebrated in the cycling community.”A working group has been set up to review the policy and is tasked with […]

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