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May 17, 2004

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HRC Commends Olympic Rules Allowing Transsexual Athletes to Compete

'Transsexual athletes deserve to be treated equally,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign commended yesterday's release of new rules allowing transsexual athletes to compete in the Olympic Games.

"Transsexual athletes deserve to be treated equally," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "This ruling by the International Olympic Committee is one to be commended."

The IOC issued the new rules yesterday, in time to allow transsexual athletes to compete in the Athens Olympics. Both male-to-female and female-to-male transsexuals will be allowed to compete "if they have had appropriate surgery and are legally recognized as their new sex," according to Reuters. Previously, the IOC performed "gender verification tests" but those were dropped before the 2000 Olympics.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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