“A woman with female biology cannot compete.. it’s a pointless unfair playing field.”
Mary Gregory was born male, but now identifies as female. Now that Gregory has broken world records in women’s weightlifting, some people have pointed out the fact that biology provides an unfair advantage.
A born-male #transgender weightlifter, who “identifies” as a woman, smashed four women’s world records in a single day, igniting a backlash from female Olympic champions.
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— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) May 1, 2019
Alex Lasker reports at AOL News:
Transgender weightlifter smashes women’s world records, sparking backlash from Olympians
A transgender weightlifter is receiving backlash after racking up multiple wins during the 100% Raw Weightlifting Federation competition in Virginia over the weekend.
Mary Gregory, an American powerlifter and strength coach, took to Instagram on Sunday to announce she had gone “9 for 9” at the competition and broken four women’s world records: Masters world squat record, open world bench record, Masters world deadlift record and Masters world total record.
“Still processing, full meet recap to come a bit later,” she wrote, before thanking those who made her feat possible, including the competition’s organizers.
“A huge thank you to @raw_powerlifting_federation_ , from the bottom of my heart!” Gregory said. “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!”
However, despite her own enthusiasm, Gregory’s win seems to have angered a few other athletes, including former British Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies and British track Olympian Kelly Holmes.
Here’s Gregory’s 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
Here are the tweets from Davies:
This is a trans woman a male body with male physiology setting a world record & winning a woman’s event in America in powerlifting. A woman with female biology cannot compete.. it’s a pointless unfair playing field. https://t.co/sI9i3AFANB
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) April 28, 2019
The reason we have men & women’s races are because we are biologically different. Performance 100% confirms that. The reason steroids (including testosterone) are on the banned list is because using them gives you an advantage. FairPlay is racing by biology by sex not by gender
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) April 29, 2019
It’s difficult to disagree with Ms. Davies on this. If people who were born male are allowed to compete in women’s sporting events, what is the point of women’s sporting events?
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