Representational photo of a women’s rugby league match. Image: NRLW Facebook page
A transgender athlete has reportedly lodged an application to play in the women’s National Rugby League in Australia.
The Daily Mail reported that the application is being considered by the NRL. Even if approved, the trans player may be able to play only in the next season which starts in August 2022.
In recent years, the participation of transgender athletes have led to vitriolic debates and a transphobic backlash. Recently, trans swimmer Lia Thomas won the NCAA 500m freestyle title in Atlanta, becoming the first transgender athlete to win a US college swimming championship.
Transgender Participation Inevitable
Melbourne Storm player Christian Welch recently said that it was “inevitable” that trans athletes would play in the NRL.
It’s inevitable to happen but no I don’t think much discussion has been had on the topic Kim
— Christian Welch (@clwelch94) March 20, 2022
Welch was responding to a Twitter user, who had
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