USA Powerlifting is now being made to let men participate against women after a gender-confused weightlifter demanded to be allowed in the female category for years.
The man who believes he is a woman, known as JayCee Cooper, began issuing letters of demand and filing lawsuits against the sport beginning in 2019 following a rejection of his effort to play as a woman. After taking the organization to state court in 2021, he ultimately won via the use of a Minnesota anti-discrimination law asserting he can participate with his “chosen gender.”
A summary of the article was provided on Twitter by a news aggregator account known as Prodigal, along with a humorous clip from South Park featuring a fictional male character competing in a “Strong Woman” competition.
Minnesota court rules USA Powerlifting violated state’s human rights laws by excluding transgender athlete JayCee Cooper from competing against biological females
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— Prodigal (@ProdigalThe3rd) March 3, 2023
Cooper’s desired ruling came late last month from District Court Judge Patrick Diamond, who was selected for the job by Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton in 2012.
“By denying Cooper the right to participate in the female category, the category consistent with her self-identification, USAPL denied her the full and equal enjoyment of the services, support, and facilities USAPL offered its members,” Diamond stated in his ruling, which notably referred to Cooper has the wrong gender. “It separated Cooper and segregated her and, in doing so, failed to fully perform the contractual obligations it agreed to when it accepted Cooper’s money and issued Cooper a membership card.”
Diamond set a timetable of two weeks for USA Powerlifting to begin allowing men to participate in women’s matches.
“Our position has been aimed at balancing the needs of cis- and transgender women whose capacities differ significantly in purely strength sports,” USA Powerlifting President Larry Maile proclaimed, according to Fox News.
According to the judge, some of the so-called ‘transgender’ athletes do hold disadvantages, such as, “increased risk of depression and suicide, lack of access to coaching and practice facilities, or other performance suppression common to transgender persons.”
Breitbart News reported that Cooper’s lawsuit drew attention from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in 2019. The far-left congresswoman sent a letter at the time to then-Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, calling for a full investigation into USA Powerlifting over its ban of male athletes in women’s sports. Omar additionally characterized the prohibition as discriminatory and “unscientific.”