Martina Navratilova: "We're talking thousands children into thinking they're trans"

The former 9 times Wimbledon winner recently voiced her opinion about an American mother who lost custody of her daughter due to differing views on her daughter's gender identity

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Martina Navratilova: "We're talking thousands children into thinking they're trans"
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Martina Navratilova has returned to talking about sensitive issues, after the recent controversy generated by her controversial comments on the transgender athletes in sport. The former 9 times Wimbledon winner recently voiced her opinion about an American mother who lost custody of her daughter due to differing views on her daughter's gender identity.

Mrs. Jeanette Cooper lost custody of her teenage daughter due to her inability to accept that her daughter was transgender. On the issue, Navratilova explained on X: "This is just so wrong… trans went from 0.02% of the population to going through the roof, statistically speaking.

We are literally talking thousands of children into thinking they are trans… and taking them away from supportive parents- insane."

Navratilova's controversial words on trans athletes

The victory of Alicia Rowley, a born male tennis player, in one of the tournaments for women over 55 organized by the United States Tennis Association, sparked a harsh reaction from Martina Navratilova.

The former champion has railed against the presence of trans athletes at certain events. The 18-time singles Grand Slam champion chimed in on an argument that originated on X and expressed her point of view without mincing words: "Hey, Usta: women's tennis is not for failed male athletes, whatever the age.

Would this be allowed at the US Open this month? Only with ID? I don't think so… It is patriarchy for biological men to insist on the right to enter spaces created for women. How hard is that to understand? It is patriarchy for biological men to insist on the right to compete in the women's category in sports." It is not the first time that Navratilova has expressed a severe judgment on a very sensitive issue in the world of sport: "It is certainly unfair for women who have to compete against people who, biologically, are still men.

I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form you prefer, but I wouldn't be happy to compete against you."

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