- The Washington Times - Monday, October 15, 2018

Canadian cyclist Rachel McKinnon is calling out “transphobic bigots” on Twitter after she reportedly became the first trans woman to ever win gold at the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles.

Ms. McKinnon, who is also an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, placed first in the women’s sprint 35-44 age bracket on Sunday. She celebrated the news on Twitter, sparking a wave of criticism for purportedly having an unfair advantage over the other female athletes.

Ms. McKinnon fired back at the so-called “transphobic bigots,” who according to her know nothing about science and “pesky facts.”

She also claimed that the women who placed 2nd and 4th in her competition accepted the rules of the sport and accepted her as an equal competitor.

Ms. McKinnon has argued that suppressing testosterone in trans women is a human rights violation.

“We cannot have a woman legally recognized as a trans woman in society,” she told USA Today in January, “and not be recognized that way in sports. … Focusing on performance advantage is largely irrelevant because this is a rights issue. We shouldn’t be worried about trans people taking over the Olympics. We should be worried about their fairness and human rights instead.”

The UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) changed its policy on including transgender athletes last year following a lawsuit by Canadian transgender cyclist Kristen Worley.

Before the final Sunday, Ms. McKinnon set a world record in the quarterfinals, riding 200 meters in 11.92 seconds. Her record didn’t stand for long, however, as it was beaten 10 minutes later, Canadian Cycling Magazine reported.

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