Navratilova: Court is hiding behind her Bible


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Image:Martina Navratilova/Instagram

Martina Navratilova tweeted yesterday accusing Margaret Court of “hiding behind her Bible” and calling her “pathetic in every way.” The tweets come after Court attacked LGBTIQ people in her Sunday sermon in Perth, specifically taking aim at the trans community.

Court last year argued for Tennis Australia to mark the 50th anniversary of her grand slam at February’s Australian Open. Tennis Australia decided on a formula of recognising but not celebrating the anniversary. That resulted from Court’s previous controversial comments on LGBTIQ people and same-sex marriage.

Martina Navratilova’s past comments

Martina Navratilova herself faced accusations of transphobia last year after she described trans athletes competing in women’s sports as “cheating.”

“It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”

However, she later took part in a documentary called The Trans Women Athlete Dispute With Martina Navratilova. She then said she now had greater sympathy for trans women athletes and apologised for the using the word ‘cheating’.

During the filming of the documentary, she said she had learnt from the experience.

“What I have come to realise, the biggest thing for me, is just the level of difficulty trans people go through cannot be underestimated.

“The fight for equality and recognition is just huge.

“I hurt people with my comments – that bothers me. I campaigned all my life for LGBT rights.”

She also spoke of a way forward in the debate over the rights of trans athletes to compete in women’s sport.

“The most important thing in sports – and we have to remember trans rights and elite sport are two different things, although of course they are connected – what’s the right way to set the rules so that everybody feels like they have a fighting chance?”

Martina Navratilova and Margaret Court both attending the Australian Open

Martina Navratilova will also attend the Australian Open in Melbourne in February.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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