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WTF: Olympic Athlete Subjected To Humiliating “Gender Verification” Tests

Written by Matt Keeley on October 04, 2017
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Olympic track and field star, Dutee Chand from India, has routinely had “gender verification” tests — just because she’s good at her sport. Isn’t that what Olympic athletes are supposed to be? We always thought that the Olympics were for people who were really good — so why is it so surprising? That and more in this look at sports and culture news from around the world.

  • The International Olympic Committee ordered 350,000 male condoms, 100,000 female condoms, and 175,000 packets of lubricant to hand out at the Olympic village.

  • Indian Olympic athlete Dutee Chand spoke out about the humiliating ‘gender verification’ tests she has routinely been subjected to because of her superior performance in track and field events.

  • Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Amanda Nunes became the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first openly gay champion. 

  • The US National Basketball Association announced it will move the 2016 All Star Game out of North Carolina due to the state’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2. The NBA’s decision came after NC lawmakers refused to make significant changes to the bill and could cost the state over $100 million in lost revenue. 

  • After nine years publishing exclusively in English, an online Jordanian LGBT magazine published its first edition in Arabic and founders received their first death threats.

  • In South Africa, the African Democratic Institute and Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action hosted a screening of documentary film Umunthu: An African Response to Homosexuality. 

  • And finally, if you find yourself in Berkshire, England this fall check out the exhibition The Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison at HM Prison Reading—the prison that held playwright Oscar Wilde from 1895 to 1897 for gross indecency after his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas was exposed. The two month event will feature art installations and readings by actors Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and others.

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(Featured image via Dutee Chand’s website.)

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