BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JUNE 22: Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden after competing in the Women's 100m Freestyle Heats during the FINA World Aquatics Championships Swimming at the Duna Arena on June 22, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary (Photo by Nikola Krstic/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

The World Swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender athletes from participating in women’s events.  FINA members had adopted a new policy (gender inclusion) that had only permitted swimmers who had transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s sports.  While they weren’t encouraging people to transition before 12 they did say that transitioning after hitting puberty put you at an advantage physically which is unfair.

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The World Professional Association for Transgender Health just lowered its recommended minimum age for starting gender transition hormone treatment to 14 and some surgeries to 15 or 17.

FINA’s new 24-page policy also proposed a new “open competition” category. The organization said it was setting up “a new working group that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to set up this new category.”

This became a big deal after Lia Thomas a transgender woman made history in the United States as the first transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming championship, the 500-yard freestyle.


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