Transgenders Banned From Competing in USA Powerlifting, Other Sports to Follow

Over the past few years, we have seen transgender women dominate all-women sports, if you just woke up from a 20-year coma, these are biological males transforming into women. These trans-women are mercilessly stomping the biological women at their own sports.

A few examples, this one dating back to 2008. Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox born male became the first Transgender MMA fighter, in turn sparking the debate over regulating trans athletes in 2014, this came after she beat her biological female opponent Tamika Brents so severely she suffered a broken skull.

Mack Beggs a transgender wrestler from Euless Trinity High School, born female, identifies as male and has been taking high doses of testosterone for years, but was prohibited by Texas rules from competing with biological males. He has also dominated the Texas girls’ Class 6A 110-pound division with a little help from the male sex hormone testosterone.

Andraya Yearwood, a 17-year-old biological male who identifies as a female won the girls 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Connecticut high school Class M state championships in June of 2017. Stonington junior Kate Hall who came third, but had won the Class M100 the year before. She said “It’s frustrating, but that’s just the way it is now.” referring to the two female transgenders who competed in the meet and are now dominating every race.

Mary Gregory Transgender Powerlifter

This brings us to the USA Powerlifters. In January of 2019, USA Powerlifters made a bold policy change that banned female transgender individuals from participating against biological females.  The policy change was subsequently posted to the website and makes very clear reasoning behind the move.

FAQ taken from the policy page and presenting video:

Q – Why are you discriminatory towards transgender athletes?

A – While the term discrimination is used to catch the attention of the public, it is most often misused. We are a sports organization with rules and policies. They apply to everyone to provide a level playing field. We have restriction such as age eligibility, who can compete as at our national events and so on. No, you are not discriminated against because you are a 40-year-old college student that is not allowed to compete at Collegiate Nationals. No, we are not discriminating against your 7-year-old daughter by not letting her compete. It is simply the rules of this sport that all must be follow if we are to be fair playing field. Another example, males are not allowed to use testosterone and to do so provides him an advantage. A master aged male cannot raise his natural testosterone level. Physicians frequently prescribe levels of androgens that are consistent with much younger men than the age of the patient. USA Powerlifting is not discriminating against master lifters who use testosterone for medical reasons. They may just not compete on our platform based on the drug testing policy.

USA Powerlifting makes it clear it is not their objective to discriminate against anyone, but to level the playing field for all athletes competing in the sport. The policy change was made as a result of Dr. Kris Hunt’s research findings, that biological men have an unfair advantage over biological women in powerlifting that extends beyond testosterone levels and cannot be reversed with hormones.

Dr. Kris Hunt’s research findings point out.

Testosterone or other androgens, commonly used to assist in transition from female to male.  By virtue of the anabolic nature of these compounds, they are not allowed, nor is a Therapeutic Use Exemption granted for such use for anyone.  This applies to any and all medical conditions which might be treated through use of androgens.

The second involves male to female competitors.

Through analysis the impact of maturation in the presence naturally occurring androgens as the level necessary for male development, significant advantages are had, including but not limited to increased body and muscle mass, bone density, bone structure, and connective tissue.  These advantages are not eliminated by reduction of serum androgens such as testosterone yielding a potential advantage in strength sports such as powerlifting.

 

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