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Transgender Powerlifter Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against USA Powerlifting Over Competition Ban

USA Powerlifting (USAPL) will face a discrimination lawsuit brought by a transgender powerlifter who was banned from competing on the basis of her gender identity. 

Minnesota-based advocacy group Gender Justice filed the lawsuit against the U.S.’s largest powerlifting organization on Tuesday on behalf of powerlifter JayCee Cooper, calling her competition ban a “blatantly transphobic policy” and “unacceptable.”

“Trans athletes across the country deserve the same rights and protections as everyone else, and we deserve equitable opportunities to compete in the sports we love,” Cooper said in a released statement. 

“It came as a surprise to me that when I applied to compete at my first competition, I was told that I couldn’t compete specifically because I’m a trans woman,” she said at a Gender Justice news conference. “I was gutted. I had been training for months and up until that point had experienced so much love and the community around the sport.”

Read the source article at The Hill

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