After winning the Australian Women's Classic title in a playoff at the Bonville course on the NSW north coast on April 2, Breanna Gill, a transgender golfer, disclosed that she had received several death threats on the internet.
Transgender Golfer Receives Death Threats After Winning Women’s Golf Tournament
The presence of transgender women competing against biological females in many sports has generated a lot of heated discussions.
Transgender women are now prohibited from competing in female divisions at international competitions by World Athletics.
Lord Coe, the head of the governing organization, announced in March that starting on March 31, no transgender athlete who had experienced male puberty would be allowed to compete.
Coe did, however, add, "We're not saying forever," implying that transgender women might one day be allowed to compete in international competitions.
However, they are now not permitted, despite the fact that transgender women are really allowed to compete in other sports. However, this has not been without controversy.
Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer from the University of Pennsylvania, competed in the 2021–2022 NCAA women's swimming season.
When Thomas won the women's 500-yard freestyle competition last year, she took home the greatest prize in university sports in the US.
The fairness of transgender women competing against biological women in sports then became the subject of a heated discussion.
It even prompted some people to object at events, claiming that Thomas had an unfair advantage because of her previous life as a man.
Breanna Gill, a transgender golfer, just won the Australian Women's Classic, further igniting the already heated topic.
Gill, a biological guy who has competed professionally in women's competitions for eight years, began playing the sport at a time when transgender rights were significantly different from what they are today.
Gill's excitement to celebrate her first victory, which was also a significant victory for the trans community, was understandable, yet she was met with some deplorable remarks online.
Gill reportedly received a lot of hate messages, including death threats, following her first classic victory, which prompted her to delete her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Karen Lunn, president of the WPGA Tour of Australasia, stated the following to The Sunday Sydney Morning Herald: "It’s the biggest win of her life. It’s really sad that she can’t celebrate that win."
The WPGA Tour of Australasia's tweets about Gill, according to Lunn, have been taken down for Thomas' sake.
Gill said the following shortly after her first victory: "I had always had a good feeling that I might have an opportunity to win this golf tournament one day.”
"For it to actually happen is just incredible. I can’t actually believe it."