Transgender activist Norrie May-Welby says female athletes opposed to transgender competitors bigots


A transgender activist who won a legal fight to be identified as neither man nor woman claims female athletes are bigots if they are opposed to competing with transgender sporting opponents.

Norrie May-Welby, 60, who was born a man in Scotland and had a reassignment operation at age 28, won a High Court battle in 2014 to be identified as belonging to neither gender in New South Wales.

In a unanimous decision, Australia’s highest court allowed the state’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to register a person’s sex as ‘non-specific’.

Now this activist has weighed into the debate about transgender women competing against biological females, saying biological female athletes raising objections were bigots.

‘If you’re saying you don’t want to be in a team or compete in a game against a trans person because they are trans, that’s bigoted,’ Norrie told Daily Mail Australia.

Norrie May-Welby, a transgender activist who won a legal fight to be identified as neither man nor woman, claims female athletes are bigots if they are opposed to competing with transgender sporting opponents

‘I think they are by far a minority.

‘Most women involved in community events or sport accept all other kinds of women and don’t say, “I only want to be in a room with white women, or cis women or no trans women or no black women here”.

‘Most people involved in community events have an inclusive approach to things.’ 

Norrie argued those who had undergone gender reassignment surgery no longer had a testosterone advantage, even if they had gone through puberty as a male. 

‘If they’ve had the surgery and they’ve been on female hormones for at least two years, I don’t think they’re going to have a strength advantage anymore,’ the activist said.

‘If they’ve had their testes cut out, they’ve got no testosterone in them.’ 

Norrie has spoken out after Olympian Emma McKeon said it was unfair for biological females to compete against transgender athletes.

‘I mean, I personally wouldn’t want to be racing against someone who is biologically a male, so that’s a concern,’ the swimmer told Queensland’s Griffith University’s A Better Future For All seminar on Tuesday. 

May-Welby, 60, who was born a man and had a reassignment operation at age 28, won a High Court battle in 2014 to be identified as belonging to neither gender in New South Wales

May-Welby, 60, who was born a man and had a reassignment operation at age 28, won a High Court battle in 2014 to be identified as belonging to neither gender in New South Wales

‘It’s not a new thing, but it’s new in that sport, swimming are going to have to deal with it.’

The issue has also erupted in the U.S. where Lia Thomas in March became the first transgender athlete to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association in women’s swimming, representing the University of Pennsylvania. 

Nonetheless, Norrie conceded transgender female athletes were more likely to be taller, giving them a height advantage in a sport like basketball.

‘In a sport like basketball, where height can make a difference, generally people that are assigned male at birth might be taller than most people that are assigned female at birth so you wouldn’t want to have six-foot people competing against four-foot people in a sport where height makes a difference.’

Norrie also mocked Christian fundamentalists opposed to gender reassignment surgery, referencing the story of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis in the Bible. 

Norrie has spoken out after Olympian Emma McKeon (pictured at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games) said it was unfair for biological females to compete against transgender athletes

Norrie has spoken out after Olympian Emma McKeon (pictured at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games) said it was unfair for biological females to compete against transgender athletes

The issue has also erupted in the U.S. where Lia Thomas (pictured) in March became the first transgender athlete to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association in women's swimming, representing the University of Pennsylvania

The issue has also erupted in the U.S. where Lia Thomas (pictured) in March became the first transgender athlete to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association in women’s swimming, representing the University of Pennsylvania

‘Real grown-ups don’t believe in a talking snake nor disbelieve in the reality that trans women are women.’ 

The activist also had a go at the Liberal Party’s controversial candidate for the Sydney Northern Beaches electorate of Warringah, Katherine Deves, who had last year described transgender children in a social media post as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’. 

‘That would be like me claiming as a non-Jewish person that all Jews are mutilated because they have circumcision – that’s an outrageous thing to say,’ Norrie said.

‘People are allowed to make their own choices – get their ears pierced, remove their foreskin or have operations on their body to make their gender or sex more appropriate for them without someone else going “you’re mutilated, you’re sterile, you’ve broken God’s law”.’

Norrie said teenagers with gender dysphoria who didn’t take puberty blockers were often at risk of suicide or self harm.

‘More likely when they’re young, probably offered puberty blocking hormones, which is just to stop their body developing in a way that would distress them so much that their likelihood of committing suicide becomes very high.’ 

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The activist also had a go at the Liberal Party's controversial candidate for the Sydney Northern Beaches electorate of Warringah, Katherine Deves (pictured), who had last year described transgender children in a social media post as 'surgically mutilated and sterilised'

The activist also had a go at the Liberal Party’s controversial candidate for the Sydney Northern Beaches electorate of Warringah, Katherine Deves (pictured), who had last year described transgender children in a social media post as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’

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