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Emily Bridges: Boris Johnson’s comments on transgender athletes led to threats of physical violence against her

Emily Bridges: Boris Johnson’s comments on transgender athletes led to threats of physical violence against her

Boris Johnson promises Golden Age for cycling (via BBC).PNG Prime Minister said in April that he did not believe that “biological males should be competing…

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Boris Johnson promises Golden Age for cycling (via BBC).PNG Prime Minister said in April that he did not believe that “biological males should be competing in female sporting events.”

Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges has revealed that she received threats of physical harm after Boris Johnson said that he did not believe that “biological males should be competing in female sporting events.”

The Prime Minister made his remarks to journalists during a hospital visit in April , a week after Bridges first hit the headlines after the UCI blocked her from competing in the National Omnium Championships.

The event would have marked the debut in a women’s race for the 21 year old, who had undergone hormone replacement therapy that led to her testosterone levels having fallen within the limits stipulated by British Cycling.

Explaining the reasoning behind his view, Johnson said: “It just seems to me to be sensible."

“I also happen to think that women should have spaces – whether it is in hospitals or prisons or changing rooms or wherever – which are dedicated to women,” he continued.

“That doesn’t mean that I am not immensely sympathetic to people that want to change gender, to transition and it is vital that we give people the maximum possible love and support in making those decisions,” he added.Bridges, who said last month that transgender athletes have become “the current punching bag in the culture war” has now revealed the direct impact the Prime Minister’s words had on her. She told ITV News […]

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