A leftist judge has ruled in favor of men encroaching on women’s sports, this time forcing USA Powerlifting to begin allowing men who masquerade as women to compete against actual women in powerlifting.
The judge’s ruling comes after male weightlifter JayCee Cooper, who claims to be “transgender,” launched a nearly five-year long campaign demanding to be allowed to compete in the women’s category.
In 2019, Cooper began sending letters to demand entry into the women’s category and suing the sport after the sports authority refused to acquiesce to his demands. The male weightlifter ultimately filed a lawsuit in state court in 2021, winning against USA Powerlifting on the basis of a Minnesota state anti-discrimination law that allows him to compete under his “chosen gender.”
In late February, District Court Judge Patrick Diamond — who was appointed by Minnesota’s Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton — ruled in favor of Cooper and against actual women.
“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 wrote in the ruling. “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.”
The judge also ordered USA Powerlifting to change their policies regarding so-called “transgender” contestants within two weeks.
USA Powerlifting President Larry Maile released a statement arguing that the sport’s rules were based on addressing the needs of the contestants, as actual women clearly have a disadvantage when competing against men in strength-related sports.
“Our position has been aimed at balancing the needs of cis- and transgender women whose capacities differ significantly in purely strength sports,” the statement read, according to Fox News.
Meanwhile, the judge claimed that so-called transgender athletes also have disadvantages, citing the “increased risk of depression and suicide, lack of access to coaching and practice facilities, or other performance suppression common to transgender persons.”
Leftists and left-wing activist groups are celebrating Cooper’s victory.
"Marsha P. Johnson, and the Stonewall riots, and the plethora of Black trans advocates and activists throughout history—and the way they've led this fight—I am just one small piece that is built off of that," says @JayCeeIsAlive 💚 https://t.co/tGT4A9112Y
— Gender Justice (@GenderJustice) March 1, 2023
Cooper claimed to have “transitioned” to become a woman in 2014, asserting that this was possible because of an anti-androgen drug he is taking that decreases the testosterone in his body. Like other leftists and transgender individuals, Cooper’s argument does not acknowledge the role that his male puberty and testosterone played in his development prior to “transitioning,” which give him a major advantage over actual women that cannot be erased by taking some pills.
The 34-year-old “transgender” athlete claims that taking the anti-androgen drug will allow him to compete as a woman under Olympics rules, and thus it should be enough to compete in USA Powerlifting. He also stated that preventing him from competing under his “chosen gender” is a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
The Olympics have already allowed men to compete in women’s sports, including weightlifting.