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Trans Cyclist Leia Genis Has Been Stripped of Her Silver Medal Midway Through a National Competition

A trans cyclist won a silver medal in a national cycling championship last week only to be stripped of her medal and removed from competition.…

Thursday, Aug 04

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A trans cyclist won a silver medal in a national cycling championship last week only to be stripped of her medal and removed from competition.

Leia Genis finished second in the women’s elite individual pursuit at the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships last week. She was set to continue competing in the mass start races at the championship when she was approached by a USA Cycling official and told that she was no longer allowed to participate and that her individual podium would be revoked, according to an Instagram post from Genis.

This revocation of Genis’ medal comes despite the fact that she was eligible six weeks ago for two elite competitions under the global cycling governing board, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Genis noted that those races were held at the same facility and overseen by the same technical director. “Yet 6 weeks later, now that I am doing well at nationals, I am suddenly ineligible to compete,” she wrote.

“The transphobia is so blatant it’s almost laughable,” Genis continued in her Instagram post. “Being a trans woman in this sport is so incredibly frustrating. Poorly communicated guidelines, restrictions and requirements that are constantly changing, lack of empathy from USA Cycling, and a peloton full of furtive whispers and sideways glances mean that even showing up to compete is an immense struggle.”

She added that she was “heartbroken,” and that she “worked [her] ass off” for her “rightfully earned” silver medal. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to […]

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