Margaret Court Takes Aim At Trans Athletes Ahead Of Aus Open Celebrations
Margaret Court has doubled down on her controversial views on transexuals and homosexuality, this time labelling trans athletes 'problematic' to sport.
In a sermon delivered to her 'Victory Life Centre' church in Perth, Court made a number of comments about trans people, including children, that have been slammed online.
Court, who will next month be honoured at the Australian Open for the 50th anniversary of her historic grand slam win, said LGBT in schools was "the devil" and "not of God".
"When children are making the decision at seven or eight years of age to change their sex... no, just read the first two chapters of Genesis, that's all I say. Male and Female," Court said in the sermon.
"It's so wrong at that age because a lot of things are planted in this thought realm at that age and they start to question: 'What am I'".
"If you are Christian and you believe the word of God, this [the bible] is our TV guide to life, our road map to success.
"And you know with that LGBT, they'll wish they never put the T on the end of it because, particularly in women's sports, they're going to have so many problems," Court continued.
"You've got young people taking hormones and having changes, by the time they're 17 they think 'but now I'm a boy but really I was a girl' because you know what, God has made us that way."
Court has been slammed online for her repeated controversial views on LGBT people.
On Monday, after footage of the sermon surfaced, national handball player Hannah Mouncey let rip on Court, saying she was contributing to the bullying, discrimination and disadvantage faced by trans kids.
Mouncey, who was last year's Victorian LGBT Sportsperson of the Year, said a recent sample of trans kids found almost half had reported having attempted suicide.
"It's not because they're trans, it's because of just how badly society treats them," Mouncey said in a tweet aimed at Court.
Mouncey also called for Tennis Australia to address Court's sermon, saying "significant steps" needed to be taken.
"Under no circumstances would this be remotely accepted if her comments were in regards to any other minority group in our society."
But the sport's governing body has so far refused to address Court's latest public comments on LGBT people.
Tennis Australia has vocally criticised Court in the past, including in November when the governing body released a blistering announcement of plans to honour Court at the 2020 Australian Open.
Tennis Australia To Honour Margaret Court At Australian Open Despite 'Not Agreeing' With Her Views
Margaret Court will attend the Australian Open next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her historic grand slam win, despite Tennis Australia once again distancing itself from her personal views.
In the release, which listed Court's achievements since her 1970 Aus Open win, Tennis Australia said it welcomed Court to next year's grand slam and respected her "unmatched tennis career".
But in the same statement then went on to slam Court's views on homosexuality.
"As often stated, Tennis Australia does not agree with Margaret’s personal views, which have demeaned and hurt many in our community over a number of years," the statement read at the time.
"They do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion."
"Our sport welcomes everyone, no matter what gender, ability, race, religion or sexuality, and we will continue to actively promote inclusion initiatives widely at all levels of the sport."
Court is expected to attend the Australian Open next month as a special guest with plans to celebrate the anniversary of her milestone achievement throughout the tournament.
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