By Generation Iron
Transgender athletes competing in sports has always been a touchy subject. We’ve seen many instances where transgender athletes have been able to break records in a number of different sports. These occurrences have mainly taken place with male to female transgender athletes causing a major uproar.
The powerlifting community has seen this issue take center stage as USA Powerlifting was forced to answer for their decision to place a ban on transgender athletes competing in the organization. USA Powerlifting was faced with a decision to either allow transgender athlete to compete within the organization or to uphold a ban that would prevent these athletes from competing.
After much consideration, USA Powerlifting has decided to uphold the ban against transgender athletes. The National Board of Governors for the USA Powerlifting organization voted 46 to 4 to uphold the ban.
USA Powerlifting offered the below findings which helped them come to their conclusion:
THE FIRST HAS TO DO WITH THE USE OF TESTOSTERONE OR OTHER ANDROGENS, COMMONLY USED TO ASSIST IN TRANSITION FROM FEMALE TO MALE. BY VIRTUE OF THE ANABOLIC NATURE OF THESE COMPOUNDS, THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED, NOR IS A THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTION GRANTED FOR SUCH USE FOR ANYONE. THIS APPLIES TO ANY AND ALL MEDICAL CONDITIONS WHICH MIGHT BE TREATED THROUGH USE OF ANDROGENS.
THE SECOND AREA INVOLVES THE PARTICIPATION OF MALE TO FEMALE COMPETITORS. THROUGH ANALYSIS THE IMPACT OF MATURATION IN THE PRESENCE NATURALLY OCCURRING ANDROGENS AS THE LEVEL NECESSARY FOR MALE DEVELOPMENT, SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES ARE HAD, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO INCREASED BODY AND MUSCLE MASS, BONE DENSITY, BONE STRUCTURE, AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE. THESE ADVANTAGES ARE NOT ELIMINATED BY REDUCTION OF SERUM ANDROGENS SUCH AS TESTOSTERONE YIELDING A POTENTIAL ADVANTAGE IN STRENGTH SPORTS SUCH AS POWERLIFTING.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THIS POLICY CAN BE READ IN DR KRIS HUNT’S 2019 THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTION (TUE) REPORT. DR HUNT PRESENTED THIS REPORT AT THE NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY (NGB) MEETING, HIS FULL PRESENTATION CAN BE VIEWED ON YOUTUBE. (SUPPORTING POWERPOINTUSED DURING NGB MEETING.)
This has caused many to make outcries of discrimination against transgender athletes.
LGBTQ organization Pull For Pride run by transgender athlete Jaycee Cooper and Breanna Diaz had this to say about USA Powerlifting upholding the ban.
This is a subject that will be Hotly contested for years to come and clearly has no easy answer. Generation Iron will continue to follow this story as news develops.