Hyperandrogenism at issue in new Olympic procedures
By Summit Voice
LINZ, AUSTRIA —Just a few days before the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summit Olympic Games in London, activists are calling on the International Olympic Committee to rescind a new gender-verification policy aimed at leveling the playing field for female competitors.
While some athletes support the new tests, LGBT advocates claim the tests threaten to undermine the integrity of the Games and the dignity of thousands of female athletes by subjecting them to invasive sex verification procedures.
“Biology and humans are much more diverse than we would ever guess. What makes someone a man or a woman can’t be identified in a single test or using a single measurement,” said Andre Banks, director of AllOut.org, an LGBT advocacy group that has launched an international campaign to end the tests. (more…)