Here We Go: Born a Man, Transgender Weightlifter Wins Women’s Competition

Competitors who are born female now face the reality of losing to those who “identify” as a female, but were born male.

New Zealander Laurel Hubbard, formerly known as Gavin, is a 39 year-old transgender woman who won the international women’s weightlifting title in Australia on Sunday.

Hubbard broke four national records, and beat the competition by 19 kilograms.

Her competitor Kaitlyn Fassina, who finished third, was not thrilled about Hubbard’s win.

“She is who she is. That’s the way the politics…and what the New Zealanders have decided. I can’t say much more than that. She is seen as female and that’s the way it is,” Fassina said.

Another weight lifter and two-time Olympian Deborah Acason is more straightforward: she says it’s not fair.

“If I was in that category I wouldn’t feel like I was in an equal situation. I just feel that if it’s not even why are we doing the sport,” Acason said.

The International Olympic Committee laid out rules for transgenders when it comes to competing.

The rules state that “those who transition from male to female are eligibile to compete in the female category” so long as they declare that their gender identity is female; they cannot change their declaration for at least four years.

It is also required that transgender have their testosterone level in serum below 10 nanomoles per litre for 12 months before their first competition.

One of the rules states the person must declare their new identity.

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