Rugby league trailblazer Roberts condemns transgender ban

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By Jill Gralow SYDNEY (Reuters) – Ian Roberts, the first elite rugby league player to come out as gay, condemned the sport’s decision to ban transgender players from women’s internationals as a setback for tolerance and inclusion in the broader community. The International Rugby League (IRL) said on Tuesday that “male-to-female” transgender athletes would be barred from women’s international competition until further notice as it conducts further research to finalise a formal policy. The IRL’s ruling follows global swimming’s decision on Sunday to restrict transgender athletes from elite women…

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