The three medalists in the women’s +87kg weightlifting competition at the Tokyo Olympics gave a most telling reaction when asked about the “historic” participation of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, a biological 43-year-old male who identifies as female.
“There was a historic night here, with Laurel Hubbard competing as the first openly transgender in an individual event,” the reporter told the women weightlifters. “I was wondering what you felt about that, and what took place in your sport.”
In reaction, there was a palpable eight-second silence from all three female competitors, gold medalist Li Wenwen of China, silver medalist Emily Campbell of Great Britain, and bronze medalist Sarah Robles of the United States.
After the pause, America’s Robles turned on her mic to simply reply, “No, thank you.”
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Hubbard formerly competed against male weightlifters before the athlete identified as a woman and was allowed access to female competitions. At 43 years old, Hubbard is far older than any of the Olympic female competitors.
Unsurprisingly, permitting biologically male transgender athletes to compete against biological women has been opposed by huge portions of the population.
Many female athletes and some famed feminists have spoken out against separating sports based on gender identity instead of biological sex, highlighting how females have lost out on opportunities because of the biological advantages males have over females, even males who are in post-trans hormone therapy, as a British Journal of Sports Medicine study suggests.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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