It should come as no surprise that a male-to-female transgender weightlifter in New Zealand is beating women in weightlifting competitions.
While speaking with Newshub on Friday, Laurel Hubbard, a man who transitioned to being a woman four years ago, (s)he claims that there is no fundamental different between a biological male and his competitors. Laurel says anyone sho suggests otherwise is being "disrespectful" to the women Laurel crushes in these competitions.
Top Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard
Per Daily Wire:
"But some of her rivals' coaching staff have publicly questioned whether she has an unfair psychological advantage, having previously lifted heavier weights as a man," reported Newshub.
Hubbard replied, "Look, I've heard that and I think it's incredibly disrespectful to the other competitors."
"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," Hubbard added.
As noted by Reuters, Hubbard, 39, recently took home two silvers in the women’s World Weightlifting Championships, placing behind only Sarah Robles, an American.
"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," notes The Daily Caller. "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."
The weightlifting champ said he doesn't let the social media "trolling" get to him.
"I think, as an athlete, you have to try to shut it out, because it just adds to the weight on the barbell," said the gold medalist.
It is extremely obvious to anyone with a brain that a genetic male has a massive advantage over female competitors.