Another thing that happened back in March 2017 that contributed to my Peak Trans experience was the news that Lauren Hubbard, a male-born weightlifter in New Zealand, had ‘transitioned’ i.e. been on hormones for a few months and was allowed to complete in women’s weightlifting events which, being much stronger than any of the women who’d trained for years, he naturally won. He even set a new record in “women’s” weightlifting. Well done, Lauren!
This page is for links about male born athletes now competing in women’s sports events. I trust the reason it is placed in the site category entitled ‘Erasure’ doesn’t need explaining.
News reports and features
Of sport, sex and gender Dr Antonia Lee 10.01.19
“It is clear that there are massive holes in the current research; holes that the Radio 4 transgender expert could not possibly be aware of unless they had real experience of elite sport; including its dark side. The recent paper that inexperienced and non-scientific academics seem to rely upon when it comes to the relevance of testosterone in elite athletic events — the 2017 Bermon and Garnier study — is methodologically flawed; so much so that experts in the field have asked for it to be retracted.”
“Can you imagine sport without separate men’s and women’s categories? A world where Serena Williams never got a sniff of 23 majors – not with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in her path – and the golden British women’s hockey team of Rio 2016 never even took to the field. It sounds like a dystopian nightmare. In fact it was an idea mooted on Radio 4 last week in a Woman’s Hour discussion about whether transgender women should play women’s sports.”
Professor of physiology says transgender athletes have advantage in speed, power Olivia Caldwell 03.12.18
“A New Zealand physiology professor says transgender athletes have advantages over their female competitors and more research needs to be done by sporting regulators before they should compete against each other.”
Harder, better, faster, stronger: why we must protect female sports Fond of Beetles 01.10.18
“The current male 100m record holder is Usain Bolt, who ran 9.58s in 2009. The time difference between Flo Jo and Bolt is 0.91s, and the time ratio is 0.91 (9.58/10.49). This equates to a 10% performance gap between male and female world records, and is remarkably similar across track races.”
How the Transgender Movement is Destroying Women’s Sports Women are Human 25.06.18
“Men on average are naturally bigger, stronger, faster, and have more endurance than women. Our lungs, organs and bone structure are bigger. Plus, we men have a higher amount of fast-twitch muscle fibers. When it comes to competing, the average woman doesn’t have a chance.
Because of this unfair advantage, there are competitions for women only. This gives all women the chance to compete on a level playing field, and makes it safer, especially when it comes to contact sports such as wrestling or boxing.”
In defence of women’s sports Daphna Whitmore 30.10.18
“On average men have greater muscle mass and tougher ligaments. They have more fast-twitch muscle fibre which generate greater force and speed. Men also have faster reaction times for auditory and visual stimuli. They have more androgen (male hormone) receptors on muscles cells which is an advantage even when testosterone levels are lowered. For trans women who were formerly male athletes there is also muscle memory from muscle stimulus and skills learnt while being male.”
Transgender Guidelines: an attempt to ‘dead cat’ debate on gender Sports Integrity Initiative website 24.02.16
“Why is this important? Because people are being medically harmed by sport under these regulations. Ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, four young athletes were forced to undergo surgery to allow them to compete, reported the International Business Times. The IAAF initially denied that this had taken place, however a 2013 study appears to suggest that it did.”
Transgender cyclist places first among women in Arizona race Washington Times
“A transgender cyclist was the top women’s finisher at an Arizona race over the weekend, besting the nearest female contender by less than one second.
Jillian Bearden, 36, became the first transgender athlete to win El Tour de Tucson in southern Arizona on Saturday, completing the 106-mile course with a time of 4 hours 36 minutes 7.71 seconds. A Colorado Springs native who has been competing professionally for 10 years, Ms. Bearden, who identifies as a woman, said the win is “absolutely huge” for transgender people who wish to compete against athletes of the same gender identity.
‘We’re at a moment of time — especially now — where not only do we have to come out but we have to be positive,’ the cyclist told the Arizona Daily Star. ‘We have to come together in solidarity and move this country in a direction that is accepting of all.’”
Transgender athlete Lauren Jeska repeatedly stabbed Ralph Knibbs after row over whether she should be able to compete in women’s races. Jeska was the women’s 2010, 2011 and 2012 English fell-running champion, and won the British Championship in 2012. However, Richard Atkins QC told the court the runner had “not provided the relevant samples to her testosterone levels and other relevant documentation” to the governing body and, as a result, had had her racing results declared void in September 2015.
Eight of Iran’s women’s football team ‘are men’ The Telegraph
Iran’s football association accused of being ‘unethical’ after it is claimed eight players in women’s national team are men awaiting sex change operations
Do transgender athletes have an edge? I sure don’t. Joanna Harper
“My research, published last month in the Journal of Sporting Cultures and Identities, found that collectively, the eight subjects got much slower after their gender transitions and put up nearly identical age-graded scores as men and as women, meaning they were equally — but no more — competitive in their new gender category. (The outlier was a runner who had raced recreationally as a 19-year-old male and became serious about the sport — doubling her training load and shedding 22 pounds — years later as a female.)
To be clear: This study speaks only to distance running. Trans women who are sprinters may maintain something of an advantage over other female runners in that they tend to carry more muscle mass, potentially allowing for increased speed over short distances. (Whereas extra muscle mass is a disadvantage in distance running.) And since gender transition doesn’t affect height, it would make sense that transgender women would have advantages over other women in sports such as basketball, where size is so important, and disadvantages in sports such as gymnastics, where greater size is an impediment.”
The year is 1976, and the place is the Montreal Olympics. And it’s clear that something is wrong.
The East German women’s swim team is unstoppable. Inhuman, almost. Smashing every record, every competitor, sweeping every race – then jumping out of the pool like it wasn’t even challenging. Race after race, the American women – before this, favored to medal, if not win, most swimming events – are outclassed, demoralized, destroyed.
What could possibly be happening? Who are these women? Where did they come from and how are they dominating this Olympics so thoroughly?
Sex and Sports Daniel A. Kaufman 22.10.18
“It seems clear that the elimination of sex segregation in sports would mean that women could pretty much forget about ever being athletically competitive to any significant degree again.”
Biological Male Wins World Championship Event in Women’s Cycling The Daily Signal 14.10.18
“In January, USA Today quoted McKinnon as arguing against requiring biological males to suppress testosterone as a requirement for competing against women.”
“‘I was the third place rider. It’s definitely not fair,’ Wagner wrote.
After a backlash, the Houston, Texas woman who posed with a huge grin as she stood lower down on the podium in Los Angeles, said sorry for her public comment that garnered lots of attention.
‘After having some time to reflect, I realize my twitter comments earlier this week unintentionally fanned the flames on a controversial situation, and that I regret,’ she wrote. ‘I made the comments out of a feeling of frustration, but they weren’t productive or positive.’
McKinnon distinguished himself by bullying legend Martina Navratilova, which generated a few articles.
Going after Martina Navratilova is a bad move for the trans lobby Julie Bindel in The Spectator USA 23.12.18
Discplining Martina: Heretics and the Church of Transnormativity Jane Clare Jones 21.12.18
“The performance was stunning, as New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard absolutely smoked the competition, beating her nearest competitor, a Samoan woman, by nearly 20 kilograms. The only problem is that Laurel is a biological male, born Gavin, which is why a number of the competitors felt the competition was unfair.
But of course it’s unfair. Hubbard is a male, not a female, and even after months of hormone treatments, he still has unfair advantages over the other women, who sacrificed for years to make it to this elite level, only to lose to a man. How is that right?
As one woman tweeted in response to this news, ‘Imagine training for this your whole life, as a woman, only to have a known leader in men’s weightlifting take your title.'”
Laurel Hubbard’s injury delays debate over transgender athletes The Times 09.04.18
“When Laurel Hubbard injured her arm and walked out of the women’s 90 kilo weightlifting competition today you could almost hear the relief in high places. The most controversial athlete of the Commonwealth Games was spared the inevitable gripes from her rivals and the usual Twitter bigotry. The wait for the first transgender champion goes on.”
Otago University professor in physiology Alison Heather has researched transgender changes, particularly in top level sport. She is adamant international sporting regulation bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have rushed a decision to include transgender athletes in male and female categories, as there has not been enough research.
Heather says the controversial inclusion of Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is a good example of the IOC not taking the time to research the science behind a transition. “It could be seen as an advantage and that is why they have male categories and female categories.”
“Look, [Fox is] huge! She’s not just huge, she’s got a f***ing man’s face. I mean, you can wear all the lipstick you want. You want to be a woman and you want to take female hormones, you want to get a boob job, that’s all fine. I support your life to live, your right to live as a woman.
Fight guys, yes. She has to fight guys. First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person. The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a women’s hands and they’re built different. They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your elbows are thicker, your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”
Video: Ashlee Evans-Smith says she feels Fallon Fox shouldn’t be able to fight women (Even though Evan-Smith beat Fox fair and square)
When Canada goes for gold in August at the World Dodgeball Championship, the team will include what’s believed to be a first for any Canadian sports team on the international stage: a transgender athlete. Canada’s dodgeball team is only three years old and not yet officially sanctioned, but it’s already making its mark.
Savannah Burton of Toronto, once a player on the men’s team, will play on the women’s at the upcoming world championship in Las Vegas. “Growing up, I didn’t know of any trans athletes at all.” Burton told the Star in an interview. “People see me out there, and if it encourages them to play sports, I think that’s great.”
“Mouncey said handball was far more physical than AFL “because you’ve got that real one-on-one contact a lot, whereas AFL is a much bigger space”.
She is currently training with Australia’s women’s handball team for the World Championship next year. Qualifying rounds start in Japan in December and Mouncey is hoping to be cleared by the International Handball Federation to play, if the team makes it to the top five.”
“Mouncey had hoped to be the first transgender woman to play in the AFLW, and has spoken out before about the discrimination she’s faced from the league in her attempts to get cleared to play. On Twitter last night, she wrote that despite meeting all the physical requirements the AFLW sets out for trans players, she’s still faced so much discrimination and criticism from the sport’s organisers, ‘with every effort made to wear me down to a point where I couldn’t continue’.”
Andraya Yearwood & Terry Miller
A right to compete? A gender critical response Ani O’Brien 03.12.19
“No one is saying Andraya must stop running. People are simply asserting fact and saying that as he is male he needs to run in male competitions. It is not the breaking of “the norm” that people are afraid of either. It is the unfairness and illogic of it that bothers the average person. It is not fair on girls and women to have boys and men allowed to compete in their sporting competitions.”
“Trans athletes in 2018 will be able to compete in whatever gender they choose — instead of their biological sex. This year’s event features at least five openly transgender women who are competing in the race, according to the Boston Herald.”
So down in Connecticut there is a boy named Rahsaan Yearwood who is claiming to be a girl, and just won the District Class M championship in the 100 and 200 meters. And honestly, if you don’t think this is wonderful then you can take your bigoted, Nazi ass and go straight to hell. Andraya is not undergoing any sort of hormone therapy treatment. He’s just a 15 year old freshman with a mustache and big manly muscles.
Literally anyone can legally do what Andraya did – decide to be a girl once they get to high school and compete against real females. Last year’s Class M champion in the girl’s 100 and 200 meters was then Stonington High School sophomore Kate Hall. She’s pretty fast, and she works her ass off, but because of “progress” she had to take a backseat to a much stronger human being filled with testosterone, much larger genetic advantages, and a penis.
““No, girls, you don’t get your own bathrooms anymore. You don’t get your own leagues. You don’t get your own identity. Not if men want in. Shut up and let the man beat you. Let him take your gold medal. Let him disrobe in front of you. Let him do what he wants. You have no choice. The proclivities and fetishes of men must come first. The desire that you may have to retain and defend your own unique identity is transphobic. Shame on you. Your feelings are not legitimate.””
WATCH: Two Transgenders Blow Out Girls In State Meet Daily Wire added 8.6.18
“Asked about the two girls who worked for years who got knocked out of the finals by Miller and Yearwood and the two girls who finished seventh and eighth in the finals who were denied a chance to compete in the New England championships, CIAC executive director Karissa Niehoff said, “We do feel for them. Fully agree it doesn’t feel good. The optic isn’t good. But we really do have to look at the bigger issues that speak to civil rights and the fact this is high school sports.””
“Some Connecticut parents are petitioning to change the rules of state high school athletics after two transgender track and field stars began dominating girls’ competitions.
Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, both 16, are transgender student-athletes who compete on the girls’ track and field teams at their high schools, and their state championship glory has triggered a heated debate in their community”
And, finally, what happens when a female athlete starts transitioning?
Transgender boy wins girls’ state wrestling title for second time New York Post 25.02.18
“Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside Houston with an undefeated record. He beat Chelsea Sanchez — whom he beat for the title in 2017 — in the final match Saturday.
Video posted online showed a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd following Beggs’ win.”