A transgender weightlifter who has been dominating the female weightlifting circuit even though he was born a man is speaking out to claim that there is no difference between him and the women he keeps beating in competition.
Recently decorated transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard said in a Friday interview that there isn’t any “fundamental” difference between him and the women he competes against.
“I don’t believe there is any fundamental difference between me and the other athletes, and to suggest there is is slightly demeaning to them,” he said, according to Newshub. “I think it’s incredibly disrespectful to the other competitors.”
Hubbard’s comments come after he won two silvers in the women’s World Weightlifting Championships, finishing second overall to U.S. competitor Sarah Robles, according to Reuters. Hubbard, 39, also finished second in the snatch category. Hubbard previously competed as a man in national weightlifting competitions, but began identifying as a female four years ago.
He met requirements set by the International Weightlifting Federation and International Olympic Committee to compete as a woman, given that he met the testosterone level threshold 12 months prior to competition. Hubbard competed as a woman at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, in April and also became the first transgender to represent New Zealand in a weightlifting competition at the 2017 Australasian Championships in March, where Hubbard won gold.
Whether the left wants to admit it or not, men -- including those who have transitioned to become women -- are physically stronger than natural-born women -- that's just a biological fact. There are so many intricate strength differences between men and women that someone who was born a man is always going to have an advantage over a woman in sports, especially in such a physical sport as weightlifting.