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Gender Verification Foolishness Over - Sarah Gronert Cleared To Play

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sarah Gronert, Germany

According to the Metro.co.uk, Sarah Gronert, who was born with both male and female genitalia, has been cleared to compete as a woman.

I honestly thought that this was one of the most extreme gender cases that I've heard in awhile. Holding this young woman hostage while you 'verify her gender' has been absolutely ridiculous and obscene.

I have a very good friend and former work associate who was born with the same issue; if she had not shared the fact with me, I never would have known. This woman's parents had the surgery performed at a period in her life when when everyone involved believed that they were making the correct determination and she is leading a life in the gender that she believes she was born into. Because her surgery was performed so much earlier, she has avoided the potential situation that Gronert has been victimized by, but feels her pain as we have discussed this many times.

This is such a victory for Gronert, and potentially others like her, especially in light of having to endure situation so publicly.

Sarah Gronert is free to face the world's best players after the sport's governing body ruled there was 'sufficient independent and verifiable evidence' she was eligible to play women's tennis.

The 22-year-old, who had her male genitalia removed three years ago, had to have 'gender verification to determine sexual status' under Women's Tennis Association rules.

Posted by Shelia

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