Ladies’ Gaelic football chiefs have been accused of “secrecy and stonewalling” regarding their highly controversial transgender policy.
The new policy means transgender girls between 12-15 will be able to play pending approval by a special committee, while players over 16 must in addition provide medical records showing their testosterone levels do not exceed acceptable limits.
Earlier this month, Dublin-based player Guilia Valentino became the first transgender woman to have been been given the green light to play ladies football since the policy was introduced in mid-February.
Derry Now has been approached by Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) members in the North West, one of whom described the recently introduced transgender policy as “deliberately ignoring and completely contravening the principles of good governance, from formulation to implementation”.
This woman requested the paper maintain her anonymity for fear of being vilified for expressing legitimate concerns.
Grassroots members of the LGFA were deliberately excluded from the transgender policy ‘consultation’ process. Then, the policy was announced along with the words, ‘the LGFA will not tolerate any harassment or discrimination’. It was a clear threat to members, basically, telling them to keep their mouths shut and not to question it.
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