Martina Navratilova dropped by LGBT group over trans athletes row

(CNN)An LGBT group has cut ties with tennis great Martina Navratilova after she said it was a form of “cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport. “Trans women are women, period. They did not decide their gender identity any more than someone decides to be gay, or to have blue eyes,” the group added. “They are women, and want to compete in the sport they love, just as any other athlete would.” The move follows a flurry of criticism directed at Navratilova, a gay rights campaigner who herself suffered homophobic abuse when she came out in 1981, for her Sunday Times column. Navratilova, who competed for Czechoslovakia and the United States, wrote that “it would …