On the heels of the news that New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard — a biological male who identifies and competes as a female — is set to become the first-ever transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics, it appears some biological female athletes are none too pleased.
And their concerns apparently don’t just fall on deaf ears; allegedly they’re told to shut up about the unfairness of it all.
What are the details?
Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs said in regard to Hubbard, “We’re all about equality for women in sport, but right now that equality is being taken away from us. I’ve had female weightlifters come up to me and say, ‘What do we do? This isn’t fair, what do we do?’ Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do because every time we voice it, we get told to be quiet,” Australia’s 7 News reported.
Lambrechs — who won a bronze medal for New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games — added that she’s “quite disappointed, quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot,” the station reported, citing TVNZ.