Tennis great Martina Navratilova is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes, not only because of her achievements on the court, but also because she uses her image and popularity to voice concerns on various issues. Martina won a total of 18 singles, 31 doubles and 10 mixed doubles Grand Slam titles for a total of 59 Grand Slam titles, an Open Era record for herself.
Martina was also an open lesbian and a gay rights activist who wasn’t afraid to speak out on the issue in hopes of raising awareness and breaking the stigma and stereotypes around her. However, she has been accused of being transphobic, but this has been refuted as she is the leader of the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group, which was formed to include all trans women in all competitive and sporting categories.
Martina joined the ongoing discussions about the American swimmer Lia Thomas who came out as a trans woman in 2019. Thomas, who was previously a swimmer for the men’s team, joined her college’s women’s team in 2021 after undergoing hormone therapy to initiate the transition to becoming a trans woman.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Thomas said: “I just want to show trans kids and younger trans athletes that they are not alone. They don’t have to choose between who they are and the sport they love. I’m a woman, just like everyone else on the team. I’ve only ever seen myself as a swimmer. It’s what I’ve been doing for so long; it is what i love. I go in the water every day and do my best.
“It hurt me to know and accept that maybe I wouldn’t swim anymore,” she said. “I was just trying to live my life. … I felt a lot better mentally and healthier pretty quickly. The relief it gave me was quite substantial. I don’t know exactly what the future of my swimming will be after this year, but I would like to continue. I want to swim and compete like I am.” added Thomas speaking to Sports Illustrated.
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Sports Illustrated talked about how this will create a rift in so many Lia‘s teammates were divided on whether it’s an even field as her growth was different than the other girls on the team. However, Martina was unhappy with the magazine’s comments and vented her frustration via her Twitter account.
“I thought SPORTS Illustrated was about sports. “Alleged” physical benefits? How about a little discussion on Lia’s numbers and male vs. female testosterone levels, the benefits of male puberty, comparing Lia’s times as a male swimmer and as a female swimmer?” tweeted Martina.
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https://firstsportz.com/tennis-i-thought-sports-illustrated-was-about-sports-martina-navratilova-slams-the-magazine-for-its-poor-stance-in-supporting-transgender-swimmer-lia-thomas/ “I thought SPORTS Illustrated was about sports,” Martina Navratilova criticized the magazine for its bad attitude in supporting transgender swimmer Lia Thomas