Click here for more. It was the equivalent of a serve that came back with more spin and more heat than the sender ever expected. In February, Martina Navratilova wrote an op-ed in London's Sunday Times , discussing the hot-button issue of transgender athletes. Her point, she thought, was hardly tendentious, arguing that male athletes who transition to become female athletes but declined to undergo gender reassignment surgery should not be allowed to compete against women.
She's a Transgender Pioneer, But Renée Richards Prefers to Stay Out of the Spotlight
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Support Scroll. YouTube Nearly 40 years ago, a 6 foot 2 inch woman in a sleeveless white dress took the court at Forest Hills. Wade won that day, but Richards had won simply by being there, even before stepping on to the tennis court. It had taken a different kind of victory in a different kind of court to get here. Just days before the tournament began a New York judge, on August 16, , ruled in a landmark decision that Richards, a transgendered person, could play as a woman.
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At an anarchic U. Open, the transsexual tennis player made a pioneering point. Over three harrowing months, the crumbling metropolis had been rocked by terrorizing riots, a chaotic blackout and the frantic search for a serial killer. Nationals under the name Richard Raskind. These tree-lined lanes were where young Richard had grown up, where he had learned to play tennis—and where he discovered as a child that he had a second, female self inside him, fighting to get out.
The United States Tennis Association began that year requiring genetic screening for female players. She challenged that policy, and the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor, a landmark case in transgender rights. Richards attended Horace Mann School and excelled as the wide receiver for the football team, the pitcher for the baseball team, and on the tennis and swim teams. During college Richards began dressing as a woman , which at the time was considered to be a perversion, with transsexualism classified as a form of insanity.