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💬 This week:
- Chess. A World Chess Federation ban on trans women in elite chess competitions suggests to many commentators that the governing body, and anti-trans activists, believe women's intellect is inferior to men.
- Clapham. A horrific hate crime took place outside one of south London's busiest gay venues this week.
- Lionesses. As they roar into the World Cup final, what can the sport learn from them on how to tackle homophobia in the stadium? Sarah Kenchington takes a look in the Queer Gaze.
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What banning trans women from elite chess exposes
TLDR: The World Chess Federation's ban on trans women suggests the body believes women's intellect is inferior to men. The attempt to scapegoat trans women is part of a wider sexist and misogynistic culture that leading women in the sport have been trying to expose for years.
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