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Trans cyclist Emily Bridges gives powerful interview, wants to see a trans-inclusion policy in cycling now

Trans cyclist Emily Bridges gives powerful interview, wants to see a trans-inclusion policy in cycling now

Emily Bridges was the subject of an interview by ITV News Tuesday, the first such televised interview since the rulings by the UCI and British…

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Emily Bridges was the subject of an interview by ITV News Tuesday, the first such televised interview since the rulings by the UCI and British Cycling in March. Emily Bridges — the elite British cyclist who is trans and fighting to compete in the female category — told her story in an interview with ITV News Tuesday, after months of controversy on her status in elite cycling.

In the 20-minute television interview with ITV sports reporter Steve Scott , Bridges resolutely answered her critics who stated that the transgender woman should not be allowed to compete in events alongside cisgender women.

She made a pointed statement on the abuse she has taken since she announced her transition, and how such targeting intensified after Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government left transgender people out of protections against conversion therapy, said in an on-camera interview “I don’t think ‘biological males’ should be competing in female sporting events.”

“The response after that was as expected, I had threats of physical violence made against me by complete strangers online,” Bridges stated in the interview. “I’m scared a lot of the time about being who I am in public. Is someone going to recognise me? They were real concerns and it was a real fear that I had after the comments were made, and it was scary. I was scared.” Bridges spoke out against the statement by PM Boris Johnson that trans women don’t belong in the female sports category. She also poked at Johnson directly, just […]

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