Dan Mullan / Staff
Dan Mullan / Staff
The subject of transgender inclusion in sports is discussed again after a transgender woman won two gold medals at the Samoa 201
Laurel was born Gavin Hubbard and represented New Zealand in weightlifting competitions as a man until her move in 2012. In 2017 she won gold at the Australian International & Australian Open and became the first transgender woman to win an international weightlifting title for New Zealand ,
] In all competitions, she has met the requirements of the International Olympic Committee for Transgender Athletes, proving that her testosterone levels are below a certain level so that she can compete with Cisgender women.
She faced critics throughout her career saying she could not compete in the Women's Division, and the Pacific Games were no different. The island's largest newspaper, Samoan Observer ran an editorial in which editor Mata & # 39; afa Keni Lesa said Hubbard "should not have been there at all".
Yes, he stood up against people Just like himself, boys and men, to whom he rightly belonged, "wrote the editor. That was until he changed his mind and became a transgender. "
Lesa said Hubbard robbed the hero of his hometown Feagaiga Stowers" We can not say that it is fair to allow a transgender to compete with women. It is grossly unfair to women like Stowers or to all women in this matter. "
Medical experts and sports officials disagreed about whether transgender women have an advantage over biological women.Lastly, the US Powerlifting National Board of Governors overwhelmingly adopted a policy that would have allowed transgender women to join the women's division
This decision was made months after the USAPL ban on transgender woman JayCee Cooper to attend the Minnesota State Bench Press Championship However, transgender women are said to have no physical advantage over their fellow Cisgender colleagues.
Hubbard is seeking to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (though the reckless driving costs imposed on her could jeopardize this option) it manages to pay attention to the topic of transgender inclusion, to make headlines all year round.
As always, we will follow the topic closely.