A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman says that when he competes against female athletes, they are the ones that have the advantage.
He’s not getting a lot of sympathy.
CeCe Telfer — who used to go by Craig — is a runner on the women’s track and field team at Franklin Pierce University and gained national attention when he won the NCAA women’s championship, according to the Washington Examiner. He recently argued during an ESPN “Outside The Lines” interview that even though he beat all the other women, he’s the one who is at a disadvantage.
"If anything, me competing against cisgender females is a disadvantage because my body going through so many medical implications, like it’s going through biochemistry changes," Tefler said.
"So, being on hormone replacement therapy, your muscle depletion, your muscle is deteriorating, you lose a lot of strength because testosterone is where you get your strength and agility and all that athletic stuff, so I have to work twice as hard to keep that strength,” he continued. “And if I slack a day that’s like three days set behind.”
“I have to keep up my workouts,” he added. “I can’t drink or eat unhealthy, or else it’s going to impact me harder.”
He got some blowback on Twitter for his statements.
Meanwhile, USA Powerlifting may have to go to court to defend their policy of not allowing biological men compete in women’s lifting competitions, the Daily Caller reported. They entered the national spotlight, too, when JayCee Cooper, who identifies as female, wasn’t allowed to compete as a woman.
“At some point, we are going to have to defend the biology and stand on women being a protected class, and it might as well start in Minnesota,” USA Powerlifting president Larry Maile said. “The policy is not new, but the federation commissioned a group of experts to find out if it’s backed by science earlier this year, after the dispute with Cooper thrust them into the media spotlight late last year. The results were clear: It’s unfair to allow biological men to compete with women.”
Meanwhile, a high school girl bravely spoke out recently about how allowing males to compete in all-female sports is destroying the motivation of girls like her to get into competitive athletics and try to qualify for the Olympics.