“I don’t think biological men should compete in women’s sporting events. And that might be a controversial thing…but it just makes sense to me,” Johnson said during a visit to a hospital in Welwyn Garden. City, Hertfordshire on Wednesday, AP media reported.
“And I also think that women should have spaces, whether in hospitals, prisons, changing rooms or elsewhere, that are dedicated to women. That’s all my thinking has developed on this issue. If that puts me in conflict with others, so we have to sort it all out,” Johnson said, according to PA.
“That’s not to say I’m not extremely sympathetic to people who want to change gender, transition. It’s vital that we give people as much love and support as possible to make those decisions.
“But these are complex issues and I don’t think they can be solved with one quick and easy piece of legislation. It takes a lot of thought to get it right,” he said.
“Harassed and demonized”
Bridges, who was due to race against British Olympic stars such as Laura Kenny, said she found out from British Cycling last week that the UCI had ruled she was ineligible.
Bridges, 21, said in a statement that she had been in contact with British Cycling and the UCI for six months ahead of what was to be her first race in a women’s event.
“During this time, I have provided British Cycling and the UCI with medical evidence that I meet the eligibility criteria for transgender cyclists, including that my testosterone limit is well below the limit prescribed by the regulations. over the past 12 months,” Bridges said in her statement, which was posted by LGBTQIA+ cycling group PRiDE OUT.
Since March 1, 2020, UCI regulations stipulate that transgender women must reduce their testosterone levels below 5 nmol/L for at least 12 months in order to participate in women’s events.
The UCI did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. CNN has contacted Bridges directly but has yet to hear back.
However, the Guardian reported that the UCI had barred Bridges from competing as she said she was still registered as a male cyclist and therefore ineligible to compete as a woman until her male UCI ID expired. .
“I’m an athlete and I just want to run competitively again,” Bridges’ statement continued. “No one should have to choose between being who they are and participating in the sport they love.
“Unsurprisingly to most of the UK media, I have been relentlessly harassed and demonized by those with a specific agenda.
“They attack anything that is not the norm and print what is most likely to drive the most engagement for their articles, and bring in publicity.
“It is without concern for the welfare of marginalized individuals or groups, and others have to pick up the pieces due to their actions.”
Bridges originally posted the statement on her Instagram account, but has since made the account private.
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