The New Zealand Herald

Grew up male

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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.

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