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Powerlifting championship announces category for trans and intersex athletes

Powerlifting championship announces category for trans and intersex athletes

Charlotte Wareing competes in the International LGBT Powerlifting Championships

A powerlifting championship has announced the introduction of a category for trans and intersex athletes.

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships will be optional for those who identify as trans, non-binary and intersex.

It’s been announced to encourage trans, non-binary and intersex athletes to participate.

Competing in powerlifting ‘without any fear of discrimination’

Chris Morgan, a nine-time world champion and co-president of the LGBT Powerlifting Union, said they aim to be as inclusive as possible.

‘We aim to be as inclusive as possible by equalizing all weight classes and offering the new third gender Mx category,’ he said.

Charlotte Wareing, seven-time world champion in powerlifting and co-president, said: ‘Issues affecting transgender, non-binary and intersex participants were discussed in detail at our congress in 2017 and we decided as a group to make our event as inclusive and as a safe as possible by offering an optional Mx category.

‘Athletes from within the trans, non-binary and intersex communities are very welcome to participate within LGBT IPC without any fear of discrimination’.

All athletes will be allowed to compete in categories of their own choice.

Transgender powerlifters are often discriminated against

Transgender powerlifters have been heavily discriminated against in the sport.

Janae Marie Kroc, who previously held a world record, identifies as transgender and gender-fluid.

She said in 2015: ‘I never asked for nor did I want this. For most of my life I would have given anything to not feel the way I do and at one point it drove me to consider suicide. Now I am perfectly comfortable with who I am and have been very open about this for many years.’

Kroc said, as she started transitioning, she would never compete in powerlifting again.

‘I feel that would be a no-win situation and I would never want to do anything that would reflect negatively on the transgender or powerlifting communities,’ she said.

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships will be held on 29 July at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club in East London.