A male-to-female transgender weightlifter made headlines earlier this week after smashing several world records in a women’s powerlifting competition. Now that the league hosting the event is aware of his actual gender, they’re rejecting the records set by the lifter and revoking his awards.
The lifter, a man who goes by the name Mary Gregory, boasted of his wins in a recent Instagram post:
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What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record! Still processing, full meet recap to come a bit later but I do want to thank a few people!💜 – From our initial consultation I told @savvysavit that I wanted to cut to the 82.5kg class, go 9 for 9, and set some records- we did it!!! I don't think she was happy with me cutting but she was there offering her support. When I needed a pick me up or advice she was there! Thank you coach!💜 – A huge thank you to @raw_powerlifting_federation_ , from the bottom of my heart! As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone- all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you! And thanks to all the fans in the audience who cheered me on and congratulated me!💜 – Thank @rrrrachele for making the trip out to support me today, video my lifts, and cheer me on!💜 – And thank you to all the peeps on Instagram who reached out to offer your support!💜 – Now for 🍷 and 🍕!!! – #transgenderwoman#sharetheplatform#transrightsarehumanrights#lgbtq#bemoreawesome#upliftandliftheavy#morefemalestrength#richmondbalance#liftlunchlearnrva#squat#bench#deadlift
After a massive backlash, primarily from biological female athletes outraged at the destruction of their sports divisions, Gregory’s wins came under strict scrutiny.
“Our rules, and the basis of separating genders for competition, are based on physiological classification rather thana identification,” said a statement from Paul Bossi, president of 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation. “On the basis of all information presented to the Board of Directors for this particular case, the conclusion made is that the correct physiological classification is male.”
Bossi and the Raw Powerlifting League anticipated the invasion of males in the women’s division being an issue and therefore began developing a policy to include, yet appropriately separate, its transgender athletes. The policy had not gone into effect at the time Mary Gregory won the powerlifting competition, but they have elected to make the policy retroactive and strip Gregory of his titles.
“Since the lifter’s gender classification for the purpose of our rules is not consistent with female,” Bossi’s statement concluded, “no female records will be broken by these lifts.”
Fantastic response from Raw Power Lifting Federation. A trans woman competed without advising of their trans status but their lifts will not rob a female competitor of a place, title or record. A trans category will now be created and female power lifting remains for females 💪💪 pic.twitter.com/aMuOu4zJc0
— Ellie 🏁 (@ElliyForever) May 3, 2019
Naturally, transgender activists denounced the decision of the Raw Powerlifting Federation, arguing that the exclusion of transgender athletes from the divisions belonging to their preferred gender is the work of radical feminists and, in the controversial case of South African runner Caster Semenya, white supremacists.
It is because we have been allowing TERF rhetoric to flourish without naming its colonial and white supremacist origins. Anyone who isn’t a white cis hetero gender conforming person should be worried. SCOTUS is next. Will folks wake up or only when it is too late? https://t.co/Kg8IITdMRN
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) May 1, 2019
Contrary to that argument, TERFs (Transgender-Exclusionary Radical Feminists) aren’t to blame for any of this drama. If these folks want something to blame, it’s science itself.
Science—or, more specifically, physiology—is to blame for men not being allowed to compete against women in sports. Why should someone who has experienced male puberty and all the physical advantages it gives him over women be able to simply declare himself a woman later in adulthood and wipe out all his actual female competitors?
In what universe is that fair?
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