Whether or not it honors gender identity

Marathons threw women overboard a year ago:

The San Francisco Marathon confirmed it will allow trans athletes to compete in accordance with their gender identity.

Which is to say, the San Francisco Marathon confirmed it will make it impossible for a woman to win its marathon ever again.

After the Boston Marathon announced on Monday that transgender runners will be allowed to register in the gender category which most closely corresponds with their identity, a Care2 petition urged San Francisco to clarify its policies. It notes that the Bay Area race “requires people signing up for the S.F. Marathon to select a gender, male or female” on its website.

“We would love to see San Francisco Marathon clarify whether or not it honors gender identity for transgender and genderqueer individuals,” reads the petition, which has been signed by over 8,000 people to date.

Note that “honoring” “gender identity” is far more important than women’s right to compete against women.

In a series of emails to INTO, officials said the race would affirm trans identities.

“The San Francisco Marathon is a gender-inclusive race,” a spokesperson for the San Francisco Marathon said in a brief statement. “We encourage runners to register as the gender with which they identify.”

So women will have to compete against male bodies, which means they won’t have a real prospect of winning.

“We take people at their word,” Boston Athletic Association (BAA) Chief Tom Grilk told National Public Radio. “We register people as they specify themselves to be. Members of the LGBTQ community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.”

We’d much rather dump it on women, because hey, women, who cares.

Chicago and New York also confirmed they would allow trans people to self-identify their gender.

Suck it, wims.

Although critics of trans inclusion have warned allowing transgender women to register as women would give them a competitive advantage in marathons, experts in LGBTQ health argued those concerns are based on debunked myths. Taking estrogen to reduce levels of testosterone, for instance, may lead to dehydration and fatigue – a major obstacle in a 26.2-mile race.

“There’s no physiologic advantage to being assigned male at birth,” Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, who serves as director of education and training programs at the Fenway Institute, told the Associated Press.

Oh. Ok then.

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