A recent college-level women’s volleyball match sparked outrage after five male-to-female (MTF) transgender athletes dominated the game.
The Jan. 24 volleyball match between Seneca Polytechnic and Centennial College – both located in Toronto, Canada – featured five MTF transgenders. Two of them played for the Centennial Colts, while three played for the Seneca Sting.
Footage of the volleyball match showed the five MTF athletes outperforming their biological female counterparts. They were reportedly excelling in serving and spiking, so they remained on the court for the entirety of the game. Meanwhile, their biological female teammates were substituted on and off the bench.
While Seneca won the best-of-five series, controversy surrounded the motives behind the transgender players’ inclusion. Conservatives, including Rebel News founder David Menzies, voiced fears for the female athletes due to potential injuries they may suffer.
Menzies reported that the game was “hard to watch” at times due to the dominance of male players on the court, particularly in spiking the ball. He continued: “Real biological women have needed medical assistance thanks to taking spikes off their heads.”
The Daily Mail outlined two such incidents, which involved Centennial’s C.L. Viloria and Seneca’s Franz Largadas. Viloria caused a biological female player from La Cite College to suffer concussions during a November 2023 game, while Largadas hit a second female player from the same institution in a Jan. 22 match.
According to Menzies, a total of six transgender athletes are currently playing in the women’s league. Five of those six transgenders are not undergoing hormone therapy or genital mutilation – making them non-compliant with the policy put forward by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA). Per the OCAA’s policy, transgender athletes must complete one calendar year of testosterone suppression treatment before competing on a women’s team.
Different regulations among international sporting bodies have sparked debates and protests
Under the current regulations of the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), transgender athletes seeking to compete in sports designated for the gender opposite to their assigned sex at birth must undergo 12 months of testosterone suppression treatment. Additionally, they must provide serum testosterone test results showing levels below the maximum threshold set for the respective sport.
However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decentralized the decision-making process in November 2021. Instead of enforcing a universal guideline for transgender athletes, the IOC handed over the authority to individual sports to determine their own rules. In turn, this move disregarded the previous requirement that transgender athletes undergo 12 months of testosterone suppression to be eligible for competition.
Meanwhile, World Athletics (WA) – the governing body for track and field events – took a stricter stance in March 2022. WA declared that athletes who had experienced ‘male puberty’ would be prohibited from participating in female world rankings competitions. The exclusion specifically targeted ‘male-to-female transgender athletes who have been through male puberty.’ (Related: World Athletics bans transgender athletes from competing in female category at international events.)
As a result, the diverse regulations have triggered public demonstrations and vocal opposition. In January, protesters gathered at the NCAA’s annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona, for the fourth ‘Our Bodies, Our Sports’ rally. More than a dozen groups advocating for the preservation of women’s sports marched together, demanding an end to transgender athletes competing in female events.
GenderConfused.com has more stories about transgender athletes.
Watch this episode of “Flyover Conservatives” where attorney Theresa Lynn Sidebotham argues that allowing transgender athletes to compete against biological females is actually disregarding Title IX.