A transgender person, who is a biological male, will not be allowed to compete on the Australian Football League (AFL) women’s handball team. The AFL has determined Hannah Mouncey is barred from competing on the women’s team because his size gives him an advantage.
Mouncey say’s he disagrees. “I feel the game prides itself on being able to be played by anyone … I obviously don’t agree with what the AFL has done,” Mouncey told Australia’s Chanel Nine.
The AFL cited the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, which states that athletes can be barred from competing if their physique, stamina or strength is relevant and gives them an unfair advantage.
Mouncey previously represented Australia in men’s handball, but says there are a dozen girls competing who are his heigh, and that he was only the tallest by “a couple of centimeters.”
“Of course I’m going to have a size advantage over some of the girls,” Mouncey said. Even with the admission, however, he feels that the AFL’s decision is unjust.
Mouncy stirred controversy when he decided not to undergo cosmetic surgery, and instead “transition” using pills. Mouncy’s testosterone levels are under the limit required to compete in the Olympics.
“I take four pills a day,” Mouncy said. “Oestrogen and an anti-androgen. That’s pretty much it.”
According to Mouncy, he didn’t realize he was transgender until he was in his late twenties. “It’s not a choice, it’s just not. No one would choose that,” he said, admitting that has considered going back to being a man so he can have all his friends back and live a normal life, but added, “I just can’t.”
Mouncey was asked if he was attracted to males or females, to which he responded, “Oh yeah girls for sure, still am.”
Watch the interview below.
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