Women's Weightlifting Competitions in the US For Women Only: Transgender People Not Allowed
Transgender JayCee Cooper, a powerlifter, was denied entry into a recent women's competition in Minnesota, but that did not stop her from winning.
The USAPL Therapeutic Use Exemptions Committee Chair Kristopher Hunt explained that this restriction allows women to compete on an equal footing. According to Hunt, the participation of athletes who have switched from men to women is unacceptable for many biological factors, one of which is a controversial indicator of bone density.
“Transgender male to female individuals having gone through male puberty confer an unfair competitive advantage over non-transgender females due to increased bone density and muscle mass from pubertal exposure to testosterone,” wrote Kristopher Hunt in an email to Cooper.
Many activists advocating for the equal rights of transgender people in sports queries USAPL research. The results of these studies show that bone density in men is much higher than in women and, accordingly, a man who has switched to women's competitions has a clear genetic and physical advantage over female athletes. Skeptics argue that in some black women this bone density is even higher than in men.
The Powerlifting Association has not yet commented on this statement.
“They allow trans people to compete in their untested division,” Cooper said. “I won their Minnesota State Championship and it was amazing, but it still felt off knowing that I was denied eligibility for USA Powerlifting.”
Having won this championship with another association, Cooper set a new state record and once again proved that transatletes have practically no competition. To date, such tricks only show that women's sports are no longer an equal competition, but a “battle of medicines” and whoever has better doctors wins.