Fallon Fox, the first transgender individual to fight in mixed martial arts (MMA), will be getting the Hollywood treatment in an upcoming biopic.
“The writing team of T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper are giving Fox’s life story the big screen treatment,” reported The Hollywood Reporter (THR). “Fox will serve as a consultant on the film, while Mark Gordon and Bonnie-Chance Roberts will produce for Mark Gordon Pictures, alongside John Papsidera.”
Bonnie-Chance Roberts referred to Fox as a “remarkable woman” whose story needs to be told.
“Fallon Fox is a remarkable woman and athlete who has withstood and achieved so much in her life and whose story is far too little known,” Roberts said. “She is a universal, living icon of strength and persistence. It is a true honor to work with her, and the indomitable writing team of T and Allison Cooper, to bring her experiences more to light and to share her with the world.”
“I’ve had a great time so far working with the producers and writers bringing this story to life, and I hope this film sheds some light on the topic of trans athletes in sports. This story needs to be told now more than ever,” Fox said of the film.
“As transgender/LGBTQIA writers and creators, we know in our bones the inherent value in and necessity of telling stories from the inside out, rather than from the outside looking in. We’re thrilled to be teaming with Mark Gordon Pictures to help bring Fallon’s undeniably powerful and relevant story to the screen,” T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper said in another statement.
In a statement last week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced its unequivocal support for the transgender community and expressed no misgivings about the prospect of biological men outcompeting women in their given sport.
“The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports. This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition,” the NCAA said.
The NCAA then touted the (highly questionable) concept of testosterone suppression as a valid equalizer for men competing in women’s sports.
“The NCAA has a long-standing policy that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in college sports,” the NCAA said. “Our approach — which requires testosterone suppression treatment for transgender women to compete in women’s sports — embraces the evolving science on this issue and is anchored in participation policies of both the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them.”
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