Policy makers within one left-leaning activist group seem to be coming unhinged, leaving members and the general public scratching their heads over the latest confusing move.
In a stunning announcement, ‘Athlete Ally’, an LGBTQ non-profit organization has tossed tennis star Martina Navratilova OFF their advisory board, saying she has harmed their cause with her outspoken statements.
The openly-gay tennis superstar had spoken out recently about the unfairness of allowing biological males to compete against women in sports, thus raising the hackles of the transgender-athlete support group.
According to TMZ, ‘The 62-year-old wrote a strongly-worded op-ed about why trans athletes physiologically born as men should NOT be able to compete against women.
“Martina said it's ‘insane’ and ‘cheating’ and says people born with male physiology have a dramatic physical advantage over cisgender women.”
Athlete Ally, on whose advisory board Navratilova had served, took exception to her so-called betrayal and gave her the boot for speaking out, and then slammed her in their official statement:
"Martina Navratilova’s recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence."
"As an organization dedicated to addressing root causes of homophobia and transphobia in and through sport, we will only affiliate with those committed to the same goal, and not those who further misinformation or discrimination in any way."
"Given this, Navratilova has been removed from our Advisory Board and as an Athlete Ally Ambassador, effective immediately."
Navratilova is considered one of the best female tennis players of all time winning 18 Grand Slam titles during her illustrious career, from which she retired in 2006.
“In 2005, Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1975 through 2005.
“Originally from Czechoslovakia, she was stripped of her citizenship when, in 1975 at age 18, she asked the United States for political asylum and was granted temporary residence. Navratilova became a U.S. citizen in 1981.”
Navratilova has not commented on her sudden ouster, but social media users are rushing to her defense.
“Much respect to @Martina for reading up on this issue & then standing her ground”
“Identity politics really is a form of religious zealotry. No free thinking allowed! Navratilova is an LGBT pioneer & a hard Leftie but because she deviates on one point (trans women in women’s sport) she’s dropped & labeled a TERF.”
“So. @Martina, who has worked tirelessly for decades for the LGBT community, came out when it was rare to, hired a transgender coach & is one of the most brilliant sportswomen to have ever lived, is being cast aside & smeared over speaking the truth?? I’m done...” 😖😖😖
“For the rights, equality & visibility of all LGBTs - including trans people - @Martina has fought more & sacrificed more than all of those now trying to marginalize her combined: at a time when these causes had very little support. Punishing her for raising questions is shameful.”
And, sometimes, a picture paints a thousand words...
“Martina Navratilova might have a point…“
“You pathetic, gutless bullies. All @Martina did was state the obvious.“
To see Martina in one of her most memorable matches, the 1978 Wimbledon finals, in which she faces America's sweetheart, Chrissy Evert, watch the video, below.