Well, Arthur, in your own words, you are being a knob. We’re so fortunate for NSMB giving Matt this platform so that by knowing his story maybe, hopefully some small part of the cycling world will keep learning and working toward being more inclusive. Spoiler alert: cycling isn’t there yet. It’s only thanks to those who have been willing to share their stories and fight for equal rights that we’ve gotten this far.
If you take a look at the US you’ll notice that many states have passed anti-trans and anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation this year with more in the works. If you look again you’ll notice that USA Cycling, US Cup MTB, USA Crits and the UCI are doing nothing to move their World Cup, championship, and annual events from those states. States where it’s not safe for LGBTQIA+ cyclists to be. For example, if we need medical care for any reason it’s now legal in Arkansas for medical professionals to refuse us based on religion—literally state approved discrimination. The cycling world’s response has largely been pathetic and continues to be lackluster. We need to get away from this idea of certain things—cycling—existing in a vacuum, void of all external factors. Never ever say someone’s story doesn’t matter. It’s bedtime, byeee!