WWE legend Mickie James has taken to Twitter to throw her support behind the transgender community after a harrowing ban from the governor of Arkansas.
Following a similar ban in Mississippi, Arkansas became the second state in the US to ban trans women and girls from participating in school sports, with Asa Hutchinson defending the law as a “fan of women’s sports.”
“I signed the law as a fan of women’s sports from basketball to soccer and including many others in which women compete successfully. This law simply says that female athletes should not have to compete in a sport against a student of the male sex when the sport is designed for women’s competition.”
Six-time Women’s Champion Mickie James simply shared the post with “Breaking news: Arkansas you can leave” before answering replies from several commenters.
One Twitter user asked the veteran if she had ever wrestled a trans woman.
“I just gotta ask these 2 important questions… Have you wrestled a transgender woman? Or have you seen just how bad a transgender destroyed a woman in UFC fights?”
“Yes I have wrestled several Transgender women actually. And have had some pretty amazing matches with them. Thank you. I also trained with 90% men most of my career.”
Another response suggested the need for a “trans women league” to create a level playing field:
“Trans women are genetically different than non trans women. It creates an uneven playing field for non trans women. There would need to be a trans women league for an even playing field.”
To which James also responded saying having a league purely for trans people might be even more discriminatory than the alternative.
“So women who want to play on men’s team is ok. But they aren’t allowed to play on a women’s team? So are you saying Trans should have “a league of their own” or just not allowed to play at all. Just curious… is that not even more discriminatory?! Just me? What DO you suggest?”
Breaking news: Arkansas you can leave. https://t.co/2HaQKFUCNk
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) March 25, 2021
James also heartbreakingly revealed the story of one of her friends passing away due to an overdose when someone suggested their daughter playing sports against a “former male” was unfair, saying “there’s a reason women don’t play in the NFL” and that there are weight classes in most combat sports.
“You have no idea how ignorant you sound. The children who are BORN Transgender don’t even show signs of which way they are going to go until they hit puberty. They spend a lifetime “pretending” Do you even understand how hard that would be for a CHILD?!. Get outta here.”
The former WWE Divas Champion would respond to the claim that children are “taught” behaviours and “wouldn’t know the difference” at a young age by sharing her personal story of heartbreak, with one friend sadly taking his life after a battle for acceptance.
“1 of my best friends KNEW he was gay at 8years old. He wanted to be a girl but it wasn’t “ok”. He didn’t come out to his parents until after high school. He spent his whole life wanting & trying to feel accepted. He never did. He OD’ed last year in this battle of “acceptance””
Mickie James was already much-loved in the wrestling community, but her statements elicited much support from the LGBTQ+ community, who now know they have a champion in their corner ready to help in the fight for equality.
Mickie James was recently named at number 12 on the WWE’s list of Greatest Women Performers.