Rachel McKinnon, winner of the 2019 Masters Track Cycling World Championships and a trans woman, received a flood of hateful messages and felt compelled to defend her win after Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a Daily Caller article calling her a “biological male” with additional transphobic nonsense.

The son and presidential mouthpiece called her win “BS” and implied she only won because she’s transgender, claiming it will “destroy women’s sports.”

McKinnon has been competing as a cyclist and a woman for several years now, including in years when gender-based qualifications were more stringent. She also won the UCI Women’s Masters Track World Championship for the 35–44 age bracket in 2018 and this year set the world record during her qualifying time for this group.

In spite of taking hormone blockers in accordance with the rules, transphobes refuse to give McKinnon any peace. Don Jr. later tweeted on the same subject with an article that says McKinnon’s world record wouldn’t have qualified her for the men’s cycling championships, yet bizarrely used this as evidence that her wins are an assault on cisgender women.


Dr. McKinnon, who is also a Canadian philosophy professor, had to explain the basics to Don.

“I was competing prior to the IOC’s 2015 update to their trans policy,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet. “I met the older, more restrictive 2003 policy. Y’all don’t have a problem with testosterone levels, you have a problem with trans women period. Lowering the testosterone limit won’t affect me.”

“My body doesn’t produce testosterone anymore,” she said earlier “And it hasn’t for nearly a decade.”

Unfortunately, McKinnon’s tweets have been flooded with transphobes, though plenty of other people have been supportive of her win and her message.

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*First Published: October 22, 2019, 11:58 am