Pip Malone

USA Powerlifting (USAPL) has banned all male-to-female (MTF) transgender individuals from competing against biological women. Pictured above is female Australian Weightlifter and CrossFit athlete Pip Malone.

Minneapolis powerlifter JayCee Cooper, a male-to-female transgender who recently won a women's powerlifting state championship, is challenging USAPL's ban.

The USAPL wrote in an email to Cooper: "Male-to-female transgenders are not allowed to compete as females in our static strength sports as it is a direct competitive advantage."

The USAPL's "transgender participation policy" notes that, while "USA Powerlifting is an inclusive organization for all athletes... USA Powerlifting is not a fit for every athlete and for every medical condition or situation."

Cooper is considering challenging the USAPL's decision in court.

Renée Richards, born Richard Raskind, was the first male-to-female transsexual to successfully sue for the right to compete in a major women's tennis tournament in the 1970s.
Richards underwent sex reassignment surgery at age 41, and entered the women's professional tennis circuit in 1977 at age 43. Richards lost to Virginia Wade in the first round of the US Open.

Richards, who is now 84, believes genetic males have a distinct physiological advantage over genetic females.

"I know if I'd had surgery at the age of 22, and then at 24 went on the tour, no genetic woman in the world would have been able to come close to me. And so I've reconsidered my opinion."

According to the USAPL's transgender policy, male-to-female athletes have a "direct competitive advantage" over biological women due to their "muscle mass, bone density, bone structure, and connective tissue" acquired through exposure to testosterone during puberty.

Outsports.com, which celebrates homosexuality in sports, compared male-to-female trans individuals to Black women, saying studies have shown Black females have a higher bone density than white females.

"The bone density of black women is, on average, significantly higher than that of white women. In fact, some studies have shown the bone strength of black women to be higher than that of white men," writes Outsports. "Yet we don’t see any great rush to divide lifting categories by race, proving this bone-density argument to be nothing but a canard designed to specifically target trans athletes."

Cooper, who won a women's state championship in the smaller U.S. Powerlifting Association (USPA) in January, says the USAPL's decision is unfair to powerlifter's who were born male.

"I won their Minnesota State Championship and it was amazing, but it still felt off knowing that I was denied eligibility for USA Powerlifting," Cooper told Outsports.com.

In an Instagram post, Cooper writes, "I am hopeful that the USAPL membership will stand up for trans inclusion and be on the right side of history. Trans athletes should not be feared but celebrated fiercely."

Read Cooper's full IG post below.

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@uspaminnesota State Champion, State Record in Bench, best overall lifter. And still a bittersweet victory. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come with lifting but sad and dismayed about how much I’ve had to fight to make it happen. Thank you @uspapower for giving me the opportunity to compete when others would not. When @usapowerlifting /USAPL, a different federation, made me ineligible to compete and I was informed by the TUEC chair that “Male-to-female transgenders are not allowed to compete as females in our static strength sport as it is a direct competitive advantage.” I was gutted for numerous reasons. I followed the @olympics committee rules that were adopted into @theipf constitution, the constitution from the international governing body for USAPL. I declared my gender for sporting purposes (There’s a big fat F on my member card, license, passport, etc.) I submitted 5 test results spanning 2016 to present showing that my testosterone levels have been and continue to be significantly under the guidelines. I agreed to further testing. I watched as friends competed in the @usa_powerlifting_mn Bench State Champs unimpeded. I saw them celebrating their triumphs and bonding with their teams all while knowing that I wasn’t competing with them because I am trans, and that is a cause for concern for some folks. According to the USAPL “individuals having gone through male puberty confer an unfair competitive advantage over non-transgender females due to increased bone density and muscle mass from pubertal exposure to testosterone” Again, this is not a policy you can look up, this is what was handed down by USAPL folks via email. Not to make this the point, but seriously, I wouldn’t have won USAPL Bench States, even if I PR-ed. Im not going to be going after @bubblypowerlifter ‘s records anytime soon (serious props to the lifter who can someday, trans or not. I do hope it’s a trans person!) I’m just an athlete grinding in the gym day in/out trying to see what I can do. (cont. in comments)

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  • Yardgirl

    According to the USAPL's transgender policy, male-to-female athletes have a "direct competitive advantage"
    Ya think?? **rolls eyes**


    Just accept this, it's fair. Even if it was the opposite situation, it's fair.....

  • ~~eb


  • tia

    As they should; it's not remotely fair.

  • Gloria

    Right decision!

  • SpiceGirl

    Unfair advantage....I agree

  • Kanyade

    "USA Powerlifting Bans Male-to-Female Transgenders from Competing Against Women"



  • What???

    That explains why our black women are so aggressive and act less feminine than the snow bunny, more testosterone! Greater bone density than white men, gah damn!!

  • Tony

    “Act less feminine than the snow bunny”— smh. Lmao white women are not the standard. Foh.

  • Y me?

    I know this isn't an open post but did yall Wale check Demi Lovato on Twitter for making fun of 21 savage ICE arrest? LOL

  • EasyBreezy

    And what's the rationale as to why this is NOT an advantage? No interest in reading this foolishness, but curious...

  • BeUtFullSoul

    So t"HIS" is news this morning?...hhhhhmmm, anyWHO...
    Hello ROSES, Good mor'Ting :-)

  • Rayne

    How could transgender ppl be happy about a win against a woman when they are biologically a man. That ain’t nothing to be celebrating. Win in your own lane man. ????

  • Phillybruh

    Ehh just create a different category or let them all compete in one big group activity.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I see Tranny Tuesday came early this week.
    Someone is obsessed with trannies.

  • Alextra Ballard

    That makes sense to me.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Demi is a crackhead who tried to commit suicide a few months ago so she should be ignored.

  • What???

    I didn’t say that because the Asian women is actually the standard, sistas just come in dead last . Reading is fundamental Tony I didn’t say white women were the standard I made a comparison.

  • Dowoop

    Today is pbly the warmup

  • Trace da Ace

    dang....her arms are fire!!! thats all I gots...

  • Kim’s Original Face

    I dont see anything wrong with this.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Yesss gathered her ass quickly, efficiently and with class

  • Gloria

    Yes, not sure why he felt the need to single her out when everybody was chuckling over those 21 savage memes lol

  • Y me?

    She deleted her Twitter because ppl kept tweeting her stuff about her overdose

  • Gloria

    People who suffer with substance abuse should be ignored?

  • iWasteTime

    Makes sense but they should have a separate competition for transgenders.
    The physiology of their bodies after estrogen or testosterone is introduced to the system is fascinating.

  • Ant Hill

    Well Obama and the gay mafia will definitely be mad about this one, but good to see some people have common sense.

  • Ant Hill

    no those faqs should not have any competition made up for them, go take several seats with that bs.

  • smartchickfl

    Neil from Y&R is dead yall! ?

  • Phillybruh

    After all the muscle milk and steroids can you tell the trans from the real women anyway in the weight lifting comps

  • Y me?

    She couldn't handle the heat either. Deleted that page with a quickness

  • Itzgoingdown

    You must be Looking in the mirror ?

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    As they should. Trans should have their own competitions anyway. jmo

  • Y me?

    He's Nigerian so maybe ICE / immigration is a soft spot for him. Probably seen some of his loved ones get deported

  • Tony

    Comprehension is fundamental as well. I know you didn’t say they were the standard. However, you implied it by that statement. Suggesting we should be just as or more feminine than the “snow bunny”. ? and you can believe that black women come in “dead last”, I don’t. ? I promise you that one. ??

  • CookieMobster

    This should have never even been a question.

  • HotInCleveland

    About time! They need to do this at every level of sport including high school and college. Could you imagine as a woman running against a transgender?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Finally, a little bit of common sense.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Pretty much yes.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yes, there's still a huge difference. Even after having the surgery, these trans-"women" still have male DNA and male muscle physiology. That gives them a distinct advantage over natural-born women.

  • Kayke

    Cause Junkie Lovato has problems of her own. I thought seeing the light made folks appreciate life or at least find positivity for self and others. But no, junkie seems to still have jokes for other people’s problems. I would’ve came at her too and ask her if she didn’t have another coma to slip into.


    yes you can ALWAYS tell a real woman vs a fake one out the bunch. But I get your point it.


    because they hate women.

  • Phillybruh

    I know one personally and if she didn't tell you she was trans, you really wouldn't know. But I get your point.

  • Mielle Downey

    The only Humans that should be competing against women are the ones who have their original, God given, functioning vajayjay that has been in commission since birth. " If you don't don't bleed very month you should concede". White is not black and yellow is not blue. you can't moving the goal post. The sky will forever be blue and my dog barks and my cat meows.You can't refute logical biological fact with what made up to apease you because that is just crazy.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    I was just asking my aunt about him, Shemar and Victoria. My heart breaks for his family. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    There is supposedly a video out of a rapper cursing God because he says God put a G-spot in his rectum .. I saw this on another blog but I wonder is that why these guys are gay?

  • Carrington

    I think these hoes should have their own sports across the board. Track and field, weight-lifting, wrestling, etc. You should NOT be able to wrestle a natural born woman because you put some tiddys cross your chess.

  • Peace


  • What???

    No you ASSumed it by the statement. I actually don’t think black women should be just as feminine as white women and definitely not Asian women because I don’t think they can. The aggression is genetic but our women do win at having sex!

  • pure_rachet

    So grown men are whining that they can't beat women up? lol


    and if we don't support MEN beating on WOMEN we are a bigot! This is the world we live in!

  • Mielle Downey

    All the democrats skeletons are coming tumbleing out...In September 1975, Biden supported an anti-busing amendment to a federal bill Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) put forward.

    Biden also supported an anti-busing amendment proposed by Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia who also was a member of the Ku Klux Klan — an affiliation he later apologized for but a fact often overlooked as part of the Democratic party’s role in promoting racism in America.

  • Yoni7

    RIP Kristoff St. John. Y&R

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Do you, be whatever you identify as, but don’t expect for others to tolerate unfair treatment because man cannot change everything about a man to make him EVER equal to a biological woman, where they can compete as women, sorry!

    There are unclockable trans and others who still look like men, now this is where they should be fighting for equality!

  • Cocoa Rose

    Yawn. U losers voted for Trump, who was just a democrat who supported abortion three years ago...

  • Melanated Goddess??

    If someone that's 60 can't walk around claiming to be 20 . Then a biological man can't be a woman no matter how much he alters himself. I don't see transformer men kicking up dust to play on the boys team. Why is it always the faux women that want to intrude into womens spaces? Transformer women are MISOGYNISTIC. They're extremely entitled. They still think and act like the men they are. I don't care how many hormones Transformers take , they can not change how their minds are wired. They will forever think and act like the men they were born and still are.

  • hottlanta

    Cant wait until trans start competing with women with who can have the biggest baby via breech birth with no medication. My favorite contest will b who can have the longest n bloodest anvil pain in your crotch menstral cycle. Those r the contest l wanna see. They would drop out quickly.

  • Kanyade


  • Yoni7

    IDK HOW I'm getting alerts on my phn. And for some reason, this was one of'em.

  • Mielle Downey

    Hi Bride of Frankenstein are you big mad because you support the killing of babies. at 9m and Parental infanticide. {sic}You probably voted fr the Virginia Governor cause you saw the brother next to him.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Shut up

  • smartchickfl


  • LeeSeeCee

    This is just so fu*king sad!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Good! You were still born a male! Your bone structure is still one of a male so that cannot be denied so why not be the first “she-male” in a male dominated sport?

  • kree

    Omg!!! Nooooooo

  • hottlanta

    Just saw that l am in tears. They said it might be alcohol. Just saw him several weeks ago with his new boo he missed his son who committed suicide. My heart is breaking.

  • JV

    No one knew Northham was a racist a-hole until last weekend. Ed Gillespie, the guy he ran against, ran an extremely racist campaign. Just google
    some of the ads they put out, his love of confederate statues, etc.

  • http://www.mylifeinlame.com/?m=1 Kimberly

    Wait, so their argument is that black women are stronger than white women so bio men should be able to compete with bio women? Oh okay...

  • Yoni7

    Alcohol???? Really? Like he drank hisself to death? Wow!

  • Marlika

    I’m so sick of all these trans, identity crisis foolishness. DAMN!!! ???

  • DeJeri

    I want to see that MF study regarding bone density of black women. Even if it's true, this ain't that.

  • Harley

    Thank you! So sick of this agenda

  • Harley

    Grown mentally ill men are

  • Vonn

    Good!! Biological men should only compete with other biological men, period. Even if you mentally "feel" like a woman...you're still a man.

  • Elevated Soul

    Good!!!!....Men do not need to be competing against women anyway.

  • DeJeri

    If you have a negative connotation of black women, why would you be on a blog written by one? Hmmmmm.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Still don’t matter bone density ain’t got nothing to do with building muscle and testosterone they just want to win money and trophies and set records by competing against women cuz they weak soft behind some won’t cut it up against their own gender!! I’m sick of it! Anybody with common sense know this ain’t right

  • Pamela

    You're an idiot.

  • SoulfulLove

    the Black women argument (side eye) I swear they always find a way to put us in some mess. Anyways, If those in the trans community want to compete, Why not just have championship games specifically for transgenders. Then everyone is on a even playing field

  • Pamela

    The drugs have scrambled her brain. Idiot.

  • Pamela

    Idiots like Her, most definitely.

  • What???

    Because she’s more honest so I don’t have a negative connotation of her. I didn’t say all black women are hyperaggressive but most are. Look at the stats.

  • Vonn

    If you see someone being "roasted" be quiet & enjoy the laughs unless you want to be thrown in the fire too. As soon as you hop in with a comment someone is going to say "I knoooow you're not talking!" And you become the object of roasting. Roasting rules 101. Not saying it's right, but it is, what it is.

  • MsJC

    I am not going to rant about why this is a crock BS! But I will say no matter the race a uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes make female. Rather those organs work properly or not, if you were born with these organs you are a female. Estrogen, Progesterone and Prolactin are specific females, if your body does not naturally produce these hormones; you are not of the same make up of a female. No matter what doctor mutilated you in order to play along with a sick fantasy!

  • Mielle Downey

    You knew the democrats were a party of KKK racist but yet you still vote for them.Don't shoot the messenger. Stay sleep then. but what you will not do is call me out my name.

  • Mielle Downey

    Northam was the same bigot that had the add around election of Gillespie running over minorities which was a sick joke on the party you protects part. Northam was sick then and he a sick bigot now. Keep voting for sickos sicko

  • Elevated Soul

    The KKK was created by the The Democratic Party. Margaret Sanger was so loved by the KKK, that she joined in on their meetings to talk eugenics/abortion. She especially targeted Black women for abortion.

    The situation in Virginia involving the racist Democrat governor is telling. He has shown himself, to be racist several times...Obama campaigned for him and dumb Black Democrats voted for that racist too just because he is a Democrat.

    This Northam dude garnered no traction about killing babies as the mother dialate. Someone who cared about the babies released the info about him being racist, because any image that portrays who the Democrats won't be tolerated by liberal establishment.Liberals who work in the abortion clinics high - five each other every time they kill a Black unborn or just born baby.

  • guest

    I am so glad they are banned. It is an unfair advantage. They should have their own category.

  • Mielle Downey

    Liberal are disgusting, yes they always want you to think the y are this docile creature but they are very disturbed .Kermit Barron Gosnell was an American former physician and abortion .... Prosecutors alleged that he killed seven babies born alive by severing their spinal cords with scissors, and that he was also responsible for the ...OHHH the sickness that these people perpetrate on earth is disgusting.

  • Ebony Starr

    You are so right about them dragging us into everything. Discrimination is only real when it happens to "them".

  • GrapeCrush


  • Stationarity

    They are stretching with that arguement anyway. Higher Bone density does not make a better athlete, it does sometime correlate with muscle mass and with activity/exercise/sports in the first place. Height, weight, muscle mass, proportion of type 2 muscle fibers, body fat, testosterone production and aerobic capacity are the things that count. ALL of which males have a natural advantage.

    Also...the only bone strength study by races I can seem to find has to do with osteoporosis. Black women are less likely to get hip Arcturus then white women (4.1 and 10.1 respectively out of 1000). And white men are less like to get it then black men. And from the occurrence of hip structures they seem to make that equivalent to “black women have higher bone density”. Anyway...the arguement and Loose interpretation of the study they used is all a FRAUD.

  • ?jessica?

    As they should. Their DNA still says male no matter what was removed

  • Stationarity

    They are probably referring to a study where white women get more hip fractures than black women by 65 and by 90. Not an actual study that compares bone density to black and white renal population a with similar characteristics (age, activity level, nurtrition, income class, etc.).

    So the study is factual but NOT their interpretation or use of the results.

    Bone density has nothing to do with athleticism anyway.

    So it still “ain’t it”!

  • ?jessica?

    If your DNA says male you should never be able to enter any female competition

  • ?jessica?

    I've been saying that for years

  • xenaD

    Transformers ??

  • ?jessica?

    I don't understand this. Your a man that wanna be a woman but your doing something like powerlifting that's gonna make you look like a man. It's all so confusing to me. I just don't get it *shrug*

  • Rayne


  • Guess Who

    100% Agree with the decision.

    Ok, this is a no-brainer and no one should complain about it. THIS SHOULDN'T EVEN NEED TO BE DISCUSSED.

  • Lady_Elle

    They should be banned...
    How is that fair?
    At the end of the day... you are what you were born. DNA

  • Yetunde

    As it should be.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LMBO a relay race ?

  • Coy little wink

    Chile...stop perpetrators of fraud ?

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LMAO! Right! That’s how the game works! If one cannot handle the potential heat, don’t throw shade ?????

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Right cuz you a whole man still, it don't matter the you grew your hair out and cut off your twig and berries!!! Why would you want to compete against someone you know you can beat AS A MAN. You are what you were born.. A MAN!!! Silly shyt!!! Why is this even news?

  • JV

    "Northam was the same bigot that had the add around election of Gillespie running over minorities which was a sick joke on the party you protects part."
    I don't know entirely what you're trying to say because that's not a sentence, but I don't think it's a stretch to insinuate in an ad that Gillespie, and many of the GOP at large, are racist -- especially when, as I stated above, Gillespie himself concocted very targeted ads demonizing minorities.

  • Kimocha

    Good!... I'm sorry but just bcuz a man takes female hormone pills, wears a wig and a dress... that do NOT make him female!

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Yaaaay!!!! Keep sports fair.

  • Dem Moore

    I wouldn't want to compete against a women who was once a man.

  • MsJC

    They always claim they want equal, but they dont. They want to be the "perfect" man-made female. Just like the bathroom situation, schools and businesses offer bathrooms for them exclusively. But they didn't like that, they said it made them feel different. MFs you are different!

  • Mielle Downey

    What the ones trafficking children and smuggling drugs? Stop living in a bubble. Real life is happening , people are not in jail because they are victims, They are in there because they got caught out there.

  • hottlanta

    They aint gotta pee then if that is the case.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Thanks....you over there bench pressing 500 lbs to my 100 lbs...I tell people all the time they still have to strength of a man.....But look out...here comes the LGBT..with the discrimination bs.

  • Li-Wright

    It's about time!

  • Logan Roberts

    I'm so sick of these He-man's trying to be women.

  • Kimberly King

    GOOD !!!!!!!!!! Men are physically stronger than women. And just because they take hormones to sound like a woman, get a set a tits and some lipo doesn’t mean a damn thing. I’m so sick of these folks. Inflicting their mental issues on others. You are a man ! It’s not fair to compete against natural born women. The end.

  • Kimberly King

    Girl me too ! It’s gross

  • Rmicu

    And they still need a prostate exam despite all efforts to become female

  • Dun Dilly

    WOw, the trans cats out here wanting folks to believe a man can be BETTER women than women. The war on Women is real.

  • Candance

    They should have the option to join the mens competition.

  • A J

    Very good! I's clapping & grinning

  • J2PC

    Or form their own competing league. They don't want to compete against their own menfolk who will beat them. The strategy is to maneuver into the sports for biological girls & women where they can boast about all of their awards & winnings.

    No amount of plastic surgery, hormonal pills & injection can erase the fact that it is an unfair competition given the genetic makeup and naturally organic biological differences between males & females.

  • Chicagowise

    If I, as a gay man, am sick of this foolishness, I can only imagine what heterosexuals are feeling. This is some of the most bizarre b.s. I have ever heard of.

  • TheOwley

    That's too bad. I was hoping all the trans males get into all the female sports and steal all the medals and all the future money associated with the medals and notoriety. Why? Just to prove this is madness.

    Then again this is power lifting where testosterone rules but between the women, it's who has built the bigger muscles. Wait until trans take all the golds for swimming and running and jumping, etc.

    I lost it at the idea that trans males can menstruate too. I need beaming up.

  • speakinmymind

    Nigga please! Couldn't win as a male so you become a wannabe woman so u have an advantage over real women...punk ass!

  • just saying

    Wow..thank u??

  • sunni_daze

    Good, because that would've been cheating.

  • ShWa


  • Parent

    I agree that mtf trans should not compete against bio females.
    As far as black women having an advantage over white women, oh well!

  • Parent

    Can't blame black women for having great genetics.

  • yvette46

    Born a man your still a MAN!!

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    i can see the headlines now.. A DUDE, won the womens weight lifting competition ....