The New Zealand Herald
Grew up male
Laurel Hubbard suffered the misfortune of being born a female in a male body. She has now undergone gender transition and I wish her well in her new gender identity. We cannot ignore, however, the fact that she grew up as a male with a male physique and male musculoskeletal development. For her to now compete in a strength-based sport against female athletes is a travesty.
What would have happened if Usain Bolt had gender transitioned then started sprinting against female runners, or if Joseph Parker transitioned and started boxing female opponents? Laurel’s approval to compete against female weightlifters may be within the rules but it smacks of underarm bowling and ball tampering. Malcolm Bell, Forrest Hill.