The Lgbt International Powerlifting Championships has introduced a new category specifically for trans and intersex athletes, who often face discrimination in the sport.
In an effort to encourage members of the transgender, nonbinary and intersex communities to participate in powerlifting and the wider world of competitive strength sports in general, they’re giving athletes the option of competing in a new, third gender “Mx Category” in 2018.
The announcement follows a recent controversy over the addition of out trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games team. Several team members and prominent weightlifters told media outlets they believe trans women who lift weights have an “unfair advantage.”
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