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November 10th, 2017
The Australian Football League (AFL) ruled that mentally ill athlete that believes he is a she, Hannah Mouncey, won’t be able to compete on the AFL women’s handball team, as was his original goal.
“I feel the game prides itself on being able to be played by anyone … I obviously don’t agree with what the AFL has done,” Mouncey told Peter Stefanovic in an interview, according to News.com.
The AFL defended its decision to bar Mouncey from competing with women by citing the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, which states that officials can prevent athletes from competing if their physique, stamina or strength is relevant and gives them an unfair advantage.
“Of course I’m going to have a size advantage over some of the girls,” Mouncey told “60 Minutes” in an interview, but whined that he should still be able to play and that the AFL’s decision is unjust.
Mouncey told Stefanovic that his mental illness that told him his gender was wrong didn’t manifest itself until his late twenties, and said that his imagination told him he had discovered true self when he was seeing a psychologist for other mental health issues.
Proving that transgenderism is a mental illness, Mouncey is still not certain of his gender, even after the extensive gender reassignment procedures he has undergone, then said he has considered going back to being a man so he can have all his friends back and live a normal life, noting the difficulties of being transgender. “It’s not a choice, it’s just not. No one would choose that,” he said.
When the interviewer asked Mouncey whether he was attracted to males or females, he responded, “Oh yeah girls for sure, still am,” proving that his actual gender is trying to supersede the mental illness he is afflicted with.
Mouncey’s coach, Chris Rourke, said he had reservations about the size and strength of Mouncey in comparison to the other players. “Oh, the size obviously,” makes him nervous, Rourke told News.com.
“The AFL has made what I believe is the best judgment call in delaying Hannah’s attempt at joining the AFLW,” Aussie transgender Pentathlete star, Kirsti Miller, recently told The Australian.
Mouncey will, however, be allowed to play in the AFL 2018 draft, meaning that he may be able to qualify for the AFLW 2019 season.
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