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The Roundtable: A Transgender League of Their Own?

The debate about transgender athletes is so complex because it combines discrimination issues and concerns over physical advantage. Are trans-only leagues the answer?

A panel of experts joined Roundtable to discuss the role of trans influencers in sports. In this segment, they consider the possibility of establishing transgender sports leagues. 

Michael Loftus posits that one solution to recent controversies could be ensuring that transgender athletes compete against one another.

"Here's the easy solution to all this. Let's just start a trans league," he says. "And then you'll have ESPN Trans and Fox Sports Trans."

Joy Villa argues that trans people ought to be accepted for who they are. She adds, though, that trans participation in sports is not just about acceptance.

"My viewpoint is that people are born in all different places, all different ways," she says. "I would never stop someone from identifying who they are. If you're trans, you have unique advantages and disadvantages, and you should be respected and accepted." 

She concludes, "I don't think you should be discriminated against, but when it comes to sports, we're talking a physical advantage." 

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Roundtable Guests:

Alana Mediavilla, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur

Michael Loftus, Founder

Joy Villa, Host, The Joy Villa Show on YouTube

Taylor Ferber, Former Red Carpet Reporter, Host, "Cancel Me, Baby" Podcast