‘The myth that trans women have a ‘direct competitive advantage’ is not supported by medical science…’
(LifeSiteNews.com) Freshman Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has embarked on a new cause: punishing a powerlifting organization for excluding biological males from women’s events.
Earlier this week, LifeSiteNews reported that USA Powerlifting, the American arm of the International Powerlifting Federation, has issued guidelines rejecting use of androgens by athletes including women seeking to “transition from female to male,” as well as disqualifying “male to female” competitors entirely.
“Female-to-male” athletes are allowed, provided they don’t use androgens.
Noting the “anabolic nature” of androgens, the organization says it won’t make an exception to its ban on the drugs for transgenders and explains that whatever gender a competitor claims to be, biological differences remain.
Breitbart reported that this isn’t sitting well with Omar, who has written a letter to USA Powerlifting and Democrat Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on behalf of gender-confused constituent JayCee Cooper.
“Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, discrimination against anyone based on their gender identity is illegal. This includes in public accommodations, and in Minnesota, organizations such as USA Powerlifting,” Omar wrote…
“I urge you to reconsider this discriminatory, unscientific policy and follow the example of the International Olympic Committee,” the letter continues. “The myth that trans women have a ‘direct competitive advantage’ is not supported by medical science…”
Omar concluded the letter by recommending that Ellison investigate USA Powerlifting for allegedly violating the state’s “human rights” law.
Ellison has not yet announced whether he will do so…Original Source…