International Olympic Committee tells media not to “misgender” trans athletes ahead of Paris 2024

The International Olympic Committee's latest guidelines for the 2024 Paris Olympics this summer are pushing LGBT advocacy to the media and other stakeholders, according to 4 WINDS USA, a global sports ministry helping athletes in track and field.

The ministry issued a condemnatory response to the “Portrait Guidelines“issued by the IOC for the Olympics, noting that GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, helped write the third edition of the guidelines that were created for “Olympic movement stakeholders.”

The guidelines call for implementing “gender-equal and fair portrayal practices in all forms of communication” across every area of ​​the Olympics. Stakeholders are “encouraged” to “adopt and adapt these guidelines according to cultural contexts.”

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“Every person, regardless of their gender identity or gender variations, has the right to practice sport without discrimination and in a way that respects their health, safety and dignity,” the IOC portrait guidelines say.

“These principles of fairness, inclusion, non-discrimination and harm prevention – as reinforced in the IOC Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the basis of Gender Identity and Gender Diversity published in November 2021 – also apply when it comes to how we engage and portrays transgender and non-binary participants in gender-variant sports and athletes.”

Stakeholders are instructed on “terms to avoid” in communication about the Olympics, which include “born male”, “born female” and “biologically female”.

“Use of phrases such as the above can be dehumanizing and inaccurate when used to describe transgender athletes and gender-variant athletes,” the ICC opined in the document. “A person's gender category is not assigned based on genetics alone and aspects of a person's biology can be changed when they seek gender-affirming medical care.”

The portrait guidelines instruct parties to use terms instead such as “girl/boy”, “woman/man”, “foreign girl/boy”, “transgender woman/man” and “transgender person”.

“It is always preferable to emphasize a person's actual gender rather than potentially questioning their identity by referring to the gender category that was recorded on their original birth certificate,” the ICC guidelines add.

“If there is a clear reason to refer to the category a person received at birth, the terms to use are: “assigned female at birth”, “assigned male at birth”, or “assigned female at birth”, “assigned male”. birth.'”

The guidelines given also include directives such as using gender-neutral descriptions (they/them) for a person if his or her gender is not apparent other than physical appearance.

“If the gender identity of the person is known, then it is legitimate to refer to the gender of that individual (eg she/her, they/them). However, substitute gender-specific terminology for gender-neutral descriptions when a person's gender is unknown or in a mixed-sex group.”

“You should not assume a person's gender identity,” the ICC guidelines require. “If necessary, ask them directly, and unless the person's gender is known, avoid using gender-specific pronouns (she/he, he/she). Rather, in such cases, the plural (they/them/their) is acceptable.”

Steve McConkey, President of 4 WINDS USAclicked the “[United Nations] controlled Olympic committee” for “push[ing] the radical LGBTQ agenda.”

“The IOC continues to show its true colors,” McConkey said in a statement expressing concern about the portrait guidelines. “They are pushing radical agendas and have allowed the Olympics to be in countries that persecute Christians.”

“Individual athletes must focus on their events and Christians must share Christ despite the efforts of the Olympic Committee.”

McConkey has campaigned against the IOC transgender policies since 2003.

He spoke at three hearings on the issue of transgender policies in sports at the Wisconsin Capitol on October 4 – three bills passed the Assembly and Senate before Gov. Tony Evers vetoed them. These were two bills against transgender athletes on high school and college teams, and another against transgender surgeries and hormone treatments for youth under 18.

McConkey pointed out that after “years of standing,” World Athletics (track and field) and World Aquatics (swimming) banned transgender athletes from “participating at the international level,” adding “25 states have passed anti-transgender athlete bills.”

McConkey founded 4 Winds USA, now located in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife Liz in 1988. The couple supports all kinds of sports for men and women. From 1982 to 1992, he worked as a USA National Track and Field Club Coach for Athletes in Action, Lay Witnesses for Christ and 4 WINDS. Athletes he supported were ranked 92 times. After the 1992 season, 4 WINDS dropped the teamwork to move into a broader ministry supporting all sports athletes.

Ahead of the Paris Olympics, the ministry is planning an outreach at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, this month, serving hundreds of athletes and their coaches.

“We look forward to doing ministry work during this Olympic year,” McConkey said. “The United States has many great athletes who plan to make a big impact. We have opportunities to share the gospel and encourage Christians in their faith.”

This article was originally published from Christian Daily International.


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