Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Trans Cycling Trailblazer Jillian Bearden Wins 2016 El Tour de Tucson
The El Tour de Tucson was conducted on Saturday, and I was happy to discover that Jillian made a little trans sporting history. While riding for SAGA (Southern Arizona Gender Alliance) in her first El Tour de Tucson, she won the women's division 106 mile race in a time of 4:36.07.
And as you probably guessed, there were some haters spouting the same transphobic and sexist BS we hear any time a trans woman competes and wins in a sporting event.
"Last January, the IOC released a document that said you can compete if you fall under these criteria. With that being said, more policies are coming out, so there's more work to be done to have acceptance worldwide and not just nationally."
But as you probably guessed, she was thrilled to have won the El Tour, one of the largest participatory sporting events in southern Arizona in her first attempt. She also recognized the significance of this moment for the trans community.
Congratulations Jillian! This was an amazing accomplishment and another example of transpeople doing what they love and making history as they simply handle their business. It's also another example of us accomplishing great things if we're simply given an opportunity to do so.
Will we see Jillian at a future Tour de France or at the 2020 Olympics? Sure hope so.