by Todd Aalgaard
Originally published: July 27, 2017
After Ontario’s human rights tribunal made a landmark ruling last summer in favour of Kristen Worley, the transgender cyclist, writer and advisory chairperson with the International Ethics and Research Centre can celebrate yet another landmark human rights victory—this time, thanks to a joint decision between Cycling Canada, the Ontario Cycling Association and the UCI.
Recently, the three cycling bodies agreed to adapt their policies regarding gender verification and therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) concerning otherwise banned products.
For XY female athletes, the use of those products, such as testosterone, has long been a complicated matter. In Worley’s case, the gender reassignment surgery she underwent in 2001 meant that testosterone supplements were necessary when she attempted to return to cycling. The process of trying to acquire those supplements, though, involved a 10-month wait—not a matter of days or weeks—and when she received them, the provided dosage simply wasn’t enough.