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Powerlifters protest against USAPL at the Minnesota State Championships



Last week, USA Powerlifting (USAPL) announced that transgender women are not allowed to compete against biological women. The decision caught the attention of the mainstream as JayCee Cooper, a trans women powerlifter, drew attention to the USAPL's refusal to submit to a Minnesota women's section meeting. Minnesota's Ilhan Omar (D), who wrote a letter to the USAPL, then asked her to adopt the rules of the International Olympic Committee allowing trans women to compete against biological women.

It seems to be more and more lifters are standing by Cooper and Ilhan. Last weekend, at the USAPL Minnesota State Championships (1

6-17 February), competitors protested against the USAPL's transactional policy by excluding all nine attempts (three for squats, deadlifts and bench presses). Instead of joining in or just not showing up, some lifters approached the platform and stood there while the clock counted down the minute. Many of the protesters who wore green undershirts were members of Team Green – an established powerlifting team from The Movement Minneapolis Gym.

Several competitors took up Instagram to show their support by using headlines such as #sharetheplatform and #stand withTransliftern. A woman held a flag at the meeting during her "Trials," which were "Trans Lifters Belong Here."

The USPAL has not published a response yet. We will follow this story in its further development. [194559006]

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. At the men's @ usapowerlifting Minnesota State Championship. Thank you for choosing Translifter. #standwithtranslifters #sharetheplatform

A post published by Susan Chambers (@mightymorphinpowerlifter) on February 17, 2019 at 09:39 pm PST

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While yesterday's @burleystrength novice comp celebrated diversity and inclusion in the sport, others were still fighting for it. Sport is there for everyone. , #Repost @ashleyvse · · · I went yesterday in my second powerlifting meeting 0-9 and I'm not mad at it at all. My teammates and #teamgreen from @movementmn decided to use the platform time to protest the ban on translifters from @ usapowerlifting. We all stood on the platform and ran out of solidarity (and disqualified ourselves). Despite minimal buos and an announcer who flatly refused to say the names of the protesters, we were met with minimal resistance. We strongly encourage the USAPL to reconsider its position and to follow the leadership of the IOC and other strength sports that have thought out elaborate trans-inclusive policies. The use of outdated, fear-based policies and rhetoric reinforces the harmful myths about trans people. Trans women are women. Period. We are members of this association and we are here to make a difference. Many thanks to Anna White and all volunteers and judges. We appreciate you! And I am so grateful to my team @solcanafitness and his friends at @movementmn that I stand beside you in this fight. M: @maxwellpoessnecker #usaplmnwomensstate #usaplmn #usapl #letthemlift #sharetheplatform #hierinvierziell #istandwithtransathletes #isupporttransathletes

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Woman lifters for their incredible # protest today at #mnstatepowerlifting #sharetheplatform # powerlifting #heygrrrlhey #strongwomen #heronpurpose #istandwithtranslifters #standwithtrans @radkefamily @ jwaters3 @ashleyvse @thordance

seventeen) on February 16, 2019 at 16:14 PST

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I'm in the women's # USAPLMN national championships and protesting the @ usapowerlifting ban on translifters with @movementmn and @solcanafitness. What are you doing this weekend? #sharetheplatform #istandwithtranslifters (And thanks for the photo, Solcana!)

A post shared by Torre Edahl (@thordance) on February 16, 2019 at 12:58. PST

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