Did ACON Cook the Books On Sport Inclusion Guidelines?

Sport Inclusion Guidelines

The rules for Transgender sporting participation are set out in the Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.

You can find contextual information here and download the PDF of the guideline here.

The guideline was issued in 2019 by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). The guideline’s front page shows the badges of three organisations:

  • Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
  • SportAus
  • The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports

Who Wrote The Guideline on Trans Inclusion?

The guidelines were written by three peak organisations (representing a total of 12 constituents). All contributors are members of ACON’s Pride in Sport scheme.

This is about relationships. It is important to understand how how several governing bodies come together.

All contributors draw their transgender expertise from membership in ACON’s Pride in Sport scheme.

Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

The Commission is Australia’s National Human Rights Institution. They investigate and conciliate in complaints of discrimination, undertake research, and provide advice on human rights.

AHRCFounding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport membership scheme

In their introduction to the guide, the AHRC repeats ACON’s slogan that one must be able to “bring your whole self” to sport (page 5).

SportAus

SportAus and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) make up the main parts of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). The ASC is accountable to the Minister for Sport. See also – SportAus ‘about’ page.

Australian Sports Commission (ASC)Member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
AISFounding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
SportAusMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Source

Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS)

COMPPS is a peak body representing the following sports:

Australian Football LeagueMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Cricket AustraliaMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Football Federation AustraliaFounding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
National Rugby LeagueMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Netball AustraliaMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Rugby AustraliaFounding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Tennis AustraliaMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Source

COMPPS itself, is a member of Pride in Sport.

COMPPSMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport

Consultations

The AHRC notes that they conducted “targeted consultations to inform the development of these Guidelines”. They “heard from a broad range of sporting stakeholders, including transgender and gender diverse athletes.” (Guideline page 5)

Trans-identified male, Roxy Tickle, was “sworn to secrecy” about his involvement in the consultation process. Roxy is closely affiliated with Pride in Sport, having appeared in several of their promotional materials.

“Further Resources” Section

A “further information” section at the end of the guideline points readers to a number of other organisations.

AHRCMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Sport Australia (SportAus)Founding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Play by the RulesPride in Sport “Corporate Partnership / Collaborator”
Pride in SportIs Pride in Sport
Proud2PlayA competitor of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Minus18An affiliate of ACON. Minus18 partners with businesses to finance youth-oriented events in exchange for brand exposure.
State and Territory Human Rights CommissionsAs an example, the Victorian guidelines embed the transgender flag into the design

These organisations are affiliated with ACON, are ACON, competitors who have the same mission as ACON.

What Does The Guideline Say?

The guideline focuses only on instances discrimination against transgender persons. The guide does not deal with how to balance fairness, competition and safety with others. In many areas, the guideline uses confusing language that would deter local clubs from exercising the rights to provide single-sex competitions.

Confusing language

The language used often appears deliberately confusing.

For example this paragraph deals with temporary exemptions and permanent exemptions together, despite these following different processes. It does not advise how to obtain these exemptions. It suggests that sex-segregated sport exemptions are outside the “core” provisions of the Act.

A sporting organisation must apply to the Commission to obtain a temporary exemption. A sporting organisation does not need to apply to the Commission to rely on a permanent exemption. If a sporting organisation wishes to rely on a permanent exemption it will need to make its own assessment that the exemption applies. Relying on an exemption is not mandatory. Sporting organisations may choose to comply with the core anti-discrimination provisions of the Act even when it is possible to rely on an exemption.

(Guideline p22)
Source: guidelines p 26

The law is misrepresented

When discussing exemptions, the guideline uses narrow language to reduce the scope of

The Sex Discrimination Act s42 allows sports to discriminate between the sexes (called an exemption) when “strength, stamina or physique of competitors is relevant“.

The guideline uses the word “only” to narrow the scope of this exemption.

“The exemption allows for discrimination on the grounds of sex or gender identity only in ‘any competitive sporting activity in which the strength, stamina or physique of competitors is relevant’.” (Guideline p24)

The guideline then goes on to say that these words have no legal meaning in Australia.

“The words ‘strength’, ‘stamina’ and ‘physique’, and the term ‘competitive sporting activity’, are not defined in the Act. Their meanings have not been conclusively settled by the Federal Court of Australia.” (Guideline p24)

Framing competition as exclusion

The guideline provides a single-page guide on how to rely on the ‘competitive sporting activity’ exemption to offer single-sex sports. (Guideline p36)

The guideline’s first instruction is to consider how important “inclusion” is in your sport. It stresses the limits of the competitive sporting activity provision (it does not apply to children under 12).

Narrowing language is used to imply that the provision cannot be applied to all sports. The guideline suggests that an onerous national and community consultation process is required to offer single-sex provisions.

The guideline frames single-sex sporting provision as “excluding an individual” rather than preserving fair competition. Note these examples (from a single page):

  • “where an individual’s strength directly affects their ability”
  • “If a sporting organisation seeks to specifically exclude an individual”
  • “so that the individual is not unnecessarily disadvantaged”
  • “providing the individual with an opportunity to respond”
  • “providing the individual with written reasons”
  • “providing the individual with an opportunity to seek a review”

This frames providing fair competition as a club seeking to unfairly exclude and individual.

No balance of rights

The guideline suggests introducing codes of conduct to create a zero-tolerance of transgender discrimination, exclusion and harassment.

The guideline gives examples of exclusion and harassment including:

  • Being told they are in the wrong bathroom
  • having team members refuse to play with them
  • being intentionally addressed by the wrong pronouns
(Guideline p38)

These examples are unqualified, meaning it is to be assumed that these behaviours are always harassment.

This means that a woman who refuses to play alongside a trans-identified male has harassed him, even if it is for her own safety or for fairness. The sport could be lawn bowls, rugby or boxing. The presumption is the transgender athlete has the right to compete, and the other athletes do not have the right to withdraw.

Case studies do not consider women’s comfort

In this example, the problem is framed as the non-binary person feeling uncomfortable in the men’s bathroom because it is in disrepair, and in the women’s bathroom because they were stared at. We do not know why.

Source – p41

The solution is to re-label the bathrooms. There is no mention of fixing the men’s facilities, so it is unlikely that Kim will start to feel comfortable in that space. There is no discussion addressing of the women’s discomfort with Kim in their bathroom.

Conclusion

All organisations involved in drafting the Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport are members of ACON’s Pride in Sport.

The guidelines reflect ACON’s focus on transgender inclusion at all costs.

The guidelines discourage clubs from exercising their right to provide single-sex sports for fairness, safety and enjoyment.

The guidelines make no attempt to balance the needs of others.

The guidelines consistently show the solution to problems around transgender inclusion being to side with the transgender person and grant their wishes

Fair and Balanced Reporting Over Time: The Hubbard Edition

Just how does the ABC want you to view Laurel Hubbard?

Since 2018, the ABC have published some 24 pieces on Laurel Hubbard and his participation in the sport of weightlifting at an international level. Hubbard is male who competes in the women’s category. He recently went to the Tokyo Olympics on the NZ women’s weightlifting team.

The overwhelming majority of articles were supportive and many blatantly pushed gender ideology pseudo-science.

Laurel was a junior champion

Hubbard set a junior record in 1998 for weight lifting. He took a break from weightlifting until after transitioning at 35. His results place him far away from the international stage. For men, that is. For women, where the field is more sparse, he is good enough to compete internationally. He won spots in the women’s contest at the Pan Pacific Games, the Commonwealth Games and in the Olympics.

Joanna Harper, the trans-identified male who’s flawed study put maled into women’s olympic sport says of Hubbard that he is:

“certainly no threat to be in the top in the world among men but certainly is in the top 10 among women.”

Dr. Joanna Harper

The ABC’s own standards

The ABC’s editorial policy states that

“…the ABC gathers and presents news and information with impartiality and presents a diversity of perspectives so that, over time, no significant strand of thought or belief within the community is knowingly excluded or disproportionately represented.”

Over the course of 3 years and 24 articles we would expect to see plenty of varied viewpoints from the ABC that arrive at a balanced picture. However this is not the case.

Early articles and broadcasts mention Hubbard in passing as a competitor in various games. There are a few ripples of criticism. For instance after Hubbard broke his arm at the Commonwealth Games, a coach stated that Hubbard’s departure gave the women an unexpected chance to win a medal.

As time passed, articles tended to put focus on supporting Hubbard’s inclusion in the sport of female weightlifting.

Limited Perspectives Sought

The ABC brings in a limited selection of voices to comment on the participation of a male in female sports.

Trans Identified Males

The insidious aspect of seeking advice from trans-identified-males is the appearance of gender balance. The female names, long hair and makeup give the casual impression that many women were consulted. In fact, only men are being consulted.

World Athletics – Influential figures on the contribution of women to science in athletics
The panel appears to be all-female. Joanna Harpur is 3rd from the left.

Several trans-identified-male athletes are brought in to comment on the fairness of male competing in female sports. They include:

  • Dr Joanna Harper (male, advises the IOC on trans inclusion),
  • Kristin Worley (male, cyclist and trans advocate),
  • Grace McKenzie (male, amateur Rugby League player),
  • Chelsea Wolfe (male, Olympic BMX).

This panel make it appear that a number of women have been consulted. In fact, they are all men pronouncing their views on the boundaries of women’s sports.

Hubbard’s voice

Laurel Hubbard is seen here, making a heart symbol with her hands to thank supporters.
Hubbard simply reports feeling welcomed in the female competition
Getty Images. Source

Laurel Hubbard has declined to participate in the commentary surrounding the competitions but is quoted regarding the competition atmosphere, feeling welcomed, and the injury sustained at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Coaches and officials

Samoan Weightlifting Head Coach Jerry Wallwork is interviewed several times about his view that male inclusion is not fair for his female athletes. After Hubbard withdraws from the 2018 Commonwealth Games due to injury, journalist Richard Ewart prompts him to agree that he “got a fair competition”.

On Radio National Drive, Patricia Karvelas interviews Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg. Together they frame the issue as one of fairness to trans-identified athletes, ignoring that female athletes have a right to fairness. Karevalas encourages Gevemberg to speculate on what possible reason a sport would have to wish to exclude trans women further biasing the discourse toward male inclusion. While they explore the fairness to transgender athletes, they fail to mention female athletes even once.

Patrician Karvelas (Radio National) frames the issue in terms of fairness to male athletes

To add on to the misogyny, the Secretary-general of the Oceania Weightlifting Institute Paul Coffa is reported saying of Hubbard “she’s a lovely girl“.

Female Competitors

Hubbard’s competitors are silent on the issue of males in their sport.

22 year old Christina Amoe-Tarant gave a polite “I just wish her well“, which is what you might expect from a competitor pre-game. Sport at such an elite level is not about smack talk and back-biting. The Olympics and the Commonwealth Games are collegiate.

It is a similar attitude shown by medallists Li Wen Wen (gold), Emily Campbell (silver) and Sarah Robles (bronze). Do you want to comment? #NoThankYou

It is a similar attitude shown by medallists Li Wen Wen (gold), Emily Campbell (silver) and Sarah Robles (bronze). Do you want to comment? #NoThankYou

Robles later issues a statement on Instagram clarifying her position that male inclusion is not fair.

Who’s missing? The opposition

The ABC fails to report any opposition to allowing males in female sports.

Journalist Richard Ewart brings balance…. but not much of it

Richard Ewart brings a single article which balances the opinions of a variety of experts. It voices dissenting on the basis of fairness. Notably the Samoan Prime Minister, Dr Nicola Williams from Fair Play for Women UK,

Dr Joanna Harper is quoted at length on the reasons his study of trans-identified male athletic performance was inadequate justification to admit males into female sports.

Taken alone this article provides a balanced look at the issues around Laurel Hubbard’s participation in female weightlifting.

Dr Ryan Storr (founder of LGBT sport charity Proud 2 Play) is quoted belittling women and mischaracterising the concern for safety and fairness: “People don’t wake up and want to win medals so they go into women’s sport,” he said.

Even as the most balanced article presented, it is not impartial.

Ewart is not above staking the moral high ground with an unscientific claim “observers have argued that the idea that testosterone determines speed and strength — and that trans women athletes will always have an advantage — is a myth that needs debunking”. This statement links off to Tracey Holmes’ pseudo-scientific article They always have an advantage’: five myths about transgender athletes debunked.

Campaigners are missing

Fair Play for Women is quoted by Ewart in the above article. In another, they are simply referred to as “a UK pressure group” making their interest in the world of Pacific weightlifting seem remote and bizarre.

The local group Save Womens Sports Australasia were not quoted, consulted or even mentioned. This is despite being active on social media, actively releasing statements to the press and having spokeswomen who give media interviews.

Competitors are silenced

Lambrechs. Source: stuff.nz

Tracey Lambrechs is a New Zealander and former champion female weightlifter who claims that female competitors were told to “be quiet” about Hubbard’d participation. Lambrech’s comments were covered by numerous news outlets, but not by the ABC.

Although thoroughly reporting on Hubbard’s reception at the Olympics, ABC also fails to cover the comments from Belgian weightlifter Anna Van Bellinghen. Several outlets reported her comments that Laurel Hubbard competing in the female category is “a joke”.

Pseudo-science and the handmaidens

The ABC have selected women journalists to spearhead the delivery of the inclusion message.

Journalists Tracey Holmes and Ange Lavoirpierere bring forth waves of pseudo-science to support their claim that males should have free access to women’s sport. Their reporting of the trans inclusion issue is fervently supportive.

Kristin Worley is a “Diversity Policy Development Adviser & High-Performance Cyclist”. He teamed up with ABC journalise Tracey Holmes to write ‘They always have an advantage’: five myths about transgender athletes debunked.

Their article opens with a few explanatory sentences, including “The discussions have been largely driven by ignorance, pseudo-science and bigotry.” This sets the tone for the one-dimensional onslaught brought by the remainder of the article.

It includes statements such as “A transitioned female generates no hormones at all then goes into a menopausal state“. Only women go through menopause! It is a condition where the oestrogen production slows or stops leading to an abundance of testosterone. Also “Scientific evidence debunks the socially constructed binary model of gender” linking to an article from the WHO dealing with intersex conditions. I noted that the article is no longer available and could only be accessed via an archive.

Tracey Holmes & The Porche Analogy

Ange Lavoipierre hosted a radio broadcast featuring journalist Tracey Holmes and trans-identified males Chelsea Wolfe & Grace McKenzie. Holmes conjures an analogy comparing male and female athletic performance.

A Porsche would ordinarily be able to outrace a Mazda.

The Porsche is the male athlete and the Mazda is a female athlete. Not content with comparing women to cut-price cars, Holmes adds some truly junk science.

The Porsche can’t outrace the Mazda when it doesn’t have any fuel.

In her analogy, testosterone is the ‘fuel’ that powers athletic performance. No Tracey, bodies are fuelled by carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Testosterone might aid muscle development in adult males. It definitely causes the broader shoulders, bigger bones, larger frame to develop during male puberty. It is not the fuel that powers athletic performance.

Even if we were to admit that testosterone is ‘the fuel’ (it is not) the Porsche is still a $200 000 precision-engineered vehicle. The Mazda is a sporty runabout not known for racetrack performance.

Image source. Porsche: There’s no testosterone and Tracey Holmes says that’s why it can’t go fast

The ABC owes us fair and balanced reportage. Over an extended period, ABC has shown a failure to deliver.

Women are not cheap cars. Men in women’s sports do pose a threat to fairness sand safety. No women were consulted or platformed when reporting this issue.

ABC: COVER THE DEBATE

Listen to Joanna Harper: The Trans Woman who placed males into Women’s Olympic Sport

Joanna Harper is the trans woman and sports scientist who advised the IOC on inclusion of males into women’s sport. The study, is based on self-reported data from 8 male runners. They found their speeds dropped after suppressing testosterone for a period. The study did not look at strength, agility, stature or endurance. The study did not consult or refer to female athletes.

You can read more at n=8.

Joanna Harper is a male who claims a female identity. He is also a runner. It’s not unusual to have interests that overlap with your field of study, but in this case one has to wonder why more independent data was not sought out.

Joanna Harper
Source: https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201710/profiles.cfm

In this 2019 broadcast from the ABC, Joanna Harper is asked about the participation of 43 year old male Laurel Hubbard in the women’s weightlifting at an international level. A contest where most competitors are half that age. Harper says of Hubbard “She did hold the New Zealand [junior] record for 15 years, so she was pretty good” but that he is

“certainly no threat to be in the top in the world among men but certainly is in the top 10 among women.

Is that fair is that right? You know it’s a difficult thing.”

Joanna Harper

It is a difficult thing indeed. What do adults to about difficult things? We solve the problems. We don’t throw up our hands and say “oh it’s too difficult”.

It bears repeating: Hubbard is nowhere near the top 10 males, but is in the top 10 women. So says the author of the study that put him in women’s sport.

In this 2019 article. Harper admits

“I’d be the first to admit that it’s a very limited study.

Eight subjects, one sport, and it’s a sport where size and strength aren’t advantageous,”

Joanna Harper

The first to admit it’s a flawed study.

So then who is backing the study, why and how have the rules not been called into serious question?

Because there is an implicit bias that a man who claims a woman identity is indeed a woman. In the same article, Dr Ryan Storr, a lecturer in sports development, belittles concerns for women’s sport:

“People don’t wake up and want to win medals so they go into women’s sport,” he said.

Dr Ryan Storr

People will also say things like no one would put themselves through the transition process willingly, or lightly or ‘just to win at women’s sport’. Hopefully not. But read the bias that a woman is lesser – no one would become one unless compelled.

Note the homophobia: no man would feminise himself, or take away his masculinity unless compelled.

Note the repeated refrain that trans woman are powerless. Both in terms of their capacity to make choices (they are ‘compelled’ to live authentically) and in terms of the way their physical power is assessed.

Listen to Joanna Harper, the male who put males into women’s sport:

After one year of hormone therapy, trans women will still be taller, bigger and stronger on average than other women. 

Joanna Harper

#NoThankYou DIY Edition

All it takes is an office printer and a pack of mailing labels

You don’t need to be a graphic designer.

Found in the wild

Worried about destruction of property?

You want to raise awareness and and eyebrow, not deface property. A few people will see your stickers before they are pulled off.

  1. Use mailing labels – they are mild to medium stickiness.
  2. Find non-permanent sticking spots – wrappers, papers, signs
  3. Find less-sticky surfaces like cloth
  4. Stick them on things you own (no one will know it was you!) or on your usual route so you can check on them and pick up any litter
  5. Stick on smooth easy-clean surfaces

Good luck!

Sign this Petition: Save Women’s Sports

Don’t let this be the future of women’s sports

Pictured here, Laurel Hubbard's touching gesture came after she failed to complete a successful lift.
Source: https://au.sports.yahoo.com/olympics-2021-laurel-hubbard-transgender-weightlifter-gesture-amid-heartbreak-014004600.htm

Sign this petition

https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions/petition/EN2874/sign

Details

Petition Reason

Many Australians are alarmed at the sports policies implemented by Sport Australia, AHRC and Australian sporting organisations allowing men and boys to compete in the female sports category. We call on the Australian parliament to protect the female sports for biological females. Fair competition, player safety and welfare, and inclusion are the foundational principles of sports competition, but when men and boys are allowed to compete in the female category, women and girls lose out. Males have an observable performance advantage in strength, stamina, size and speed that puts females at a disadvantage and results in elevated risk of injury in contact, collision and combat sports. Bodies play sports, not identities, girls and women are being excluded when men and boys are included in their category. Save Women’s Sport Australasia.

Petition Request

We therefore ask the House to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984: • Definitions of man and woman reinserted; • Definitions for female, male, sex and gender inserted; • “Gender identity” and “intersex status” be removed from s 42; • “Competitive” and “where strength, stamina and physique are relevant” to be removed from s 42; • s 42 unequivocally express that the female sports category is for biological females only; • For a provision to unequivocally express that “sex” is the paramount protected characteristic in the SDA, and that it cannot be displaced by, or conflated with “gender identity”. Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Policy published by AHRC and Sport Australia be withdrawn, and a proper, transparent consultation process be undertaken incorporating all stakeholders and considering all available evidence.

That link again…

https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions/petition/EN2874/sign

Tweet #NoExtraBalls on 2 August 2021 to protest Laurel Hubbard’s Olympic lift

Laurel Hubbard is scheduled for 7:50pm Tokyo time (8:50pm Sydney, 9:50pm Wellington)

Check the time – 19:50pm in Tokyo – https://24timezones.com/Japan/time

Background

Laurel Hubbard is the first openly (oh please!) transgender Olympic athlete. He is set to compete in women’s weightlifting on 2 August 2021.

News outlets focus on the stories and feelings of male athletes invading women’s sports and ignore the experiences of the females they are knocking off podiums. Active athletes won’t come out and criticise a competitor, and this makes it seem like they are fine with the situation.

Do this: Tweet on 2 August 2021

Why? Together we can demonstrate that this is an issue we have coordinated around. We are not just lone voices.

Don’t stay silent. Gaslighting can’t continue when we point out the Emperor has no clothes!

Resources

ABC articles

Too many to list. But they all focus on male feelings, male inclusion, gaslighting women and positioning the terven as the bad witches e.g. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-09/five-myths-about-transgender-athletes-debunked/9634496

What to tweet

  • See sample tweets added below
  • Fairness in competition
  • Women knocked off podium
  • women are not a hormone level
  • Doesn’t matter if Hubbard wins or loses – he shouldn’t be there
  • ABC / news should cover the debate
  • ABC / news silenced women
  • The world is up in arms about bikini uniforms… but not males in our sports
  • If Hubbard has a penis he’s a man! If Hubbard cut off his penis, he’s a man!
  • Don’t leave it to SkyNews to cover the debate

Everyone

Use the hashtags #SaveWomensSports #NoExtraBalls #OlympicsErasingWomen #OlympicsRoadshowProtest #SaveWomensSports #LaurelHubbard

Don’t forget to CC @Olympics

Australians, direct tweets at …

  • @ABCaustralia (national news outlet)
  • @AustralianLabor (the major leftwing party)
  • @unionsaustralia (the peak union body)
  • @sportaustralia (peak sporting body)
  • @smh (major daily newspaper)
  • @7Olympics (olympics broadcaster)
  • @TraceyLeeHolmes

Don't forget to loop in #GC_AUS (gender critical australia)

New Zealanders, direct tweets toward…

  • @SportNZ (peak sporting body)
  • @1NewsNZ (national broadcaster news)
  • @TVNZ (national broadcaster)
  • @nzherald (major daily newspaper)

See also

  • Hubbard, who transitioned in 2011
  • Chelsea Wolfe (freestyle BMX for the USA) – not yet scheduled to compete
  • Stephanie Barrett (archery for Canada) – 1/32nd eliminations on 27 July 2021
  • Valentina Petrillo (Italian Paralympic sprinter)

UPDATE: ABC News Articles since 2018

Featuring ‘Laurel Hubbard’

Overview

  • 19 articles – 17 are completely pro-Hubbard, 1 mildly criticises men in women’s sports
  • 1 mentions a ‘UK pressure group’ that oppose men in women’s sports
  • 1 features 20 sec of a Samoan coach urging caution
  • 1 article reports 5 false ‘facts’ about men in women’s sport

Laurel Hubbard will make Olympic history on Monday before winning a medal despite the naysayers

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-31/laurel-hubbard-transgender-weightlifter-to-make-olympic-history/100339664

Tongan weightlifter will be in Tokyo to compete against NZ’s Laurel Hubbard

https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/olympic-weights-tonga/13421708

Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard’s Tokyo Olympics selection backed by Australian weightlifting rival

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-22/tokyo-olympics-laurel-hubbard-backed-by-australian-rival/100235348

Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard named in New Zealand’s women’s weightlifting team for Tokyo Olympics

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-21/new-zealand-transgender-weightlifter-hubbard-named-for-tokyo/100230064

Transgender athletes controversy swirls after Laurel Hubbard wins gold at Pacific Games

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-30/transgender-athletes-in-the-pacific-under-fire/11360854

More weightlifting gold for Samoa after hot favourite Laurel Hubbard pulls out

https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/more-weightlifting-gold-for-samoa-after-hot/9638408

Commonwealth Games: Samoa wins gold after transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard withdraws because of injury

https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/commonwealth-games:-samoa-wins-gold-after/9636398

Laurel Hubbard: five myths about transgender athletes debunked

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-09/five-myths-about-transgender-athletes-debunked/9634496

Commonwealth Games: Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard withdraws after suffering injury

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-09/hubbard-withdraws-from-commonwealth-games-after-injury/9634680

Laurel Hubbard withdraws

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/grandstand-commonwealth-games/laurel-hubbard-withdraws/9634844

Commonwealth Games: Split in Pacific ranks over transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-08/laurel-hubbard-split-in-ranks-over-transgender-weightlifter/9626242

Samoa: Weightlifting coach unhappy about IOC decision makers

https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/samoa-weightlifting/13348646

Transgender weightlifter withdraws from Games

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/transgender-weightlifter/9634944

The Signal Preview: Being trans at the Tokyo Olympics

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newsradio/the-signal-preview:-being-trans-at-the-tokyo/13461390

Being trans at the Tokyo Olympics

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/the-signal/trans-atheltes/13460770

Pressure group wants ban on transgender athletes in women’s sport

Mentions a UK pressure group but not the concern of Save Women’s Sports Australasia * https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/pacific-games-transgender-controversy/11355174 5 minute broadcast from 2019. Text from blurb: > The controversy that erupted over New Zealand’s transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, when she won gold at the Pacific Games in Samoa, is reverberating around the world. >A UK pressure group representing women in sport is calling on the International Olympic Committee to suspend its rules that allow male to female athletes to take part in women’s competitions. >And in the US, a transgender athlete and scientist who advises the IOC is calling for existing testosterone limits to be halved. But even that move is unlikely to diminish the sense of injustice that’s felt by many in the Pacific. >Duration: 5min 39sec >Broadcast: Mon 29 Jul 2019, 6:00am

Pacific Beat: Monday

Her participation caused controversy at the Pacific Games, and now the case of NZ transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is part of a wider global debate, with calls for the International Olympic Committee to shelve its rules until more research is carried out; https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/pacific-beat-monday/11355302

Openly trans athletes make their Olympic debut, but the rules could change very soon

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-25/trans-athletes-competing-at-the-olympics-changes-coming/100318358

Commonwealth Games: 10 lasting memories from Gold Coast 2018

Trans-gender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard also talked about feeling welcome amid cheers from the crowd during the women’s 90kg+ weightlifting final, while South Africa’s Caster Semenya received warm welcomes from the Carrara Stadium stands as she completed a historic 800m-1500m golden double. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-15/commonwealth-games-top-10-memories-from-the-gold-coast/9659112

Largest Tasmanian weightlifting contingent to compete in Commonwealth and Oceania championships

But gold was awarded to transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard. The New Zealander bettered her closest rival by 19 kilograms. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-03/tasmanian-weightlifters-training-for-oceania-championship/8867536

Men in women’s sports: read this article by Kath Deves

Allowing a male-born person to compete against female Olympians excludes women — how could it not?

Do women face exclusion from sports if transgender athletes compete in this year’s Olympic Games? A response to Michael Bradley and Emma Johnsen’s recent article.

Read more here – https://www.crikey.com.au/2021/07/22/allowing-male-born-competitors-excludes-women/

Laurel Hubbard: Holding Open The Door

Laurel Hubbard is a male who will contest for gold in weightlifting in the female category.

Thank you Laurel, you will peak the world.

I did some analysis on Hubbard’s results versus the Olympic records and performance of current female world champs. Hubbard is nowhere close to them. It is doubtful that a medal will be seized. 

So what’s the problem? Just be nice. Let him have a go. Don’t feel so threatened.

In the male contest there is a 2kg difference between 1st and 3rd place. In the women’s contest it is much greater and there is a lot of room between competitors. So a male competitor who is 5kg from the 1st place lift will know he won’t even get on the team, but a female in the same position would be winning silver. .

What Hubbard does though is open the door for any male to access the female category. Once he gets in, the good athletes will follow in quick succession, and there will be no more female records. There is a 30kg disparity between the 4th place male and the 1st place female (in snatch). 

Hubbard invites the male 4th place getters in to women’s sport. It doesn’t matter why Hubbard claims this right. It matters that it has been claimed on behalf of all men.

We know that women are more than a hormone level. We know that the IOC rules allow males to complete within a natural male range of testosterone (and 2-4x female range) and we know that oestrogen does not make one weaker. It is the muscle, bone, lungs, blood (in other words it is the male body) which is stronger. 

We known that women play sports differently because of their bodies and this is why we want them to play. The difference brings new dimensions to our sports. 

Males now have the right, on their declaration and a small hormone depression, to access and obliterate women’s sport.

It seems hard for many news outlets to listen to the women who are saying this is not fair.

This bloke seems to get it. It’s funny but when you say it out loud, when a man says it out loud, it doesn’t nearly as crazy as it does in your own head. Laurel Hubbard is a man. Yes, be kind to him, but don’t let your kindness blind you to his male body.

Now is the time to be angry

When The Guardian tells you Hubbard is “backed by Australian rival and New Zealand PM” they are telling you that active competitors don’t slag each other off, and the PM doesn’t interfere in international sporting contests. They are also telling you that the only way they can justify Hubbard’s inclusion is if a couple of women say it’s OK. She likes it, what’s wrong with you? That’s gaslighting.

When The Conversation tells you “the way we talk about Olympian Laurel Hubbard has real consequences for all transgender people” and counsels you on “the importance of listening” they are telling you to be kind to people who have no intention of being kind in return. When they tell you the science in “selective” they mean they the science was what they would have selected. When they tell you that the only voices missing from the debate are trans voices, they mean in addition to Veronica Ivy, Laurel Hubbard, Hannah Mouncey, or any of the other scores of vocal trans athletes. They definitely don’t mean ACON’s sporting advocacy body Pride in Sport who’s mission is to promote trans inclusion in sport.

When they tell you that trans athletes are “protecting their own mental health and well-being,” causing “their stories, their humanity and their courage are largely lost from the media narrative”, they mean to paint a picture of someone who cannot be questioned.

They don’t spare a thought for the women who are not being heard, instead they call us bigots. They don’t care for our fragile humanity, instead they tell us to “listen deeply”. They do not care about the plain fact and indisputable science that male bodies are different to female bodies.

Don’t be nice.

Don’t listen deeply to cheats. Listen to your gut.

Whatever happens, never shut up.