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Martina Navratilova vs. transgender people

Martina Navratilova is a Czech-American tennis player and anti-transgender activist.

Navratilova is a sex segregationist whose primary concern is maintaining segregationism that keeps women and girls in inferior roles in society. Of particular interest is maintaining women’s subordinate place via sex-segregated competitive sport, primarily by attacking transgender athletes.


Martina Šubertová was born October 18, 1956 in Prague, Czechoslovakia to an athletic family. Martina’s stepparent Miroslav Navrátil coached Martina in tennis. Martina took that surname and went pro in 1975. Navratilova dominated professional tennis for the next three decades and is considered on of the greatest players of all time.

Navratilova was coached for a time by trans athlete Renée Richards.

Anti-transgender activism

In 2019, Navratilova made a number of comments about trans athletes that led to LGBT organizations cutting ties.

Navratilova is a member of the anti-trans organization Women’s Sports Policy Working Group and has published anti-trans views on social media and in anti-trans publications, including Quillette, The Times, and BBC.


Masters, James (February 18, 2019). Martina Navratilova criticized over ‘transphobic’ commentsCNN

Padgett, Donald (July 12, 2023). Megan Rapinoe and Martina Navratilova Spar Over Trans Women in Sports. The Advocate

Navratilova, Martina (February 17, 2019). The rules on trans athletes reward cheats and punish the innocent. The Times [Archive]

Staff report (February 20, 2019). LGBT group severs links with Navratilova over transgender comments. BBC News

Hoffman, Joanna (February 19, 2019). Athlete Ally: Navratilova’s Statements Transphobic and Counter to our Work, Vision and Values. New York: Athlete Ally. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

Staff report (March 3, 2019). Martina Navratilova sorry for transgender ‘cheat’ language as she re-enters debate. BBC Sport

Coleman, Doriane; Navratilova, Martina; Richards-Ross, Sanya (April 29, 2019). Opinion: Pass the Equality Act, but don’t abandon Title IX. Washington Post

Coleman, Doriane; Navratilova, Martina (November 29, 2021). On the Issue of Female Athletics, the IOC Has Shirked Its Duty to Lead. Quillette

Navratilova, Martina (June 26, 2019). The Trans Women Athlete Dispute with Martina NavratilovaBBC One

Assunção, Muri. Martina Navratilova signs letter supporting Idaho law that limits transgender student athletes. NY Daily News

Meet the Working GroupWomen’s Sports Policy Working Group

Brennan, Christine (February 1, 2021). Sports leaders seek to protect women’s sports while accommodating transgender girls and womenUSA Today. Retrieved June 5, 2022.


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