Court rules men may compete as women in powerlifting

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A Minnesota state court ruled that USA Powerlifting must permit men to compete as women in its industry.

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In 2019, powerlifter JayCee Cooper, a man who identifies as a woman, filed a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, stating that USA Powerlifting violated the state’s Human Rights Act by prohibiting him and other athletes from competing in the female division.

Cooper then filed a lawsuit against the organization in 2021.

“I was fed up with the way that I was being treated; I was fed up with the way that my community was being treated, and enough was enough,”  Cooper told KARE-TV.

“After years of experiencing discrimination from USA Powerlifting, and the backlash that has occurred due to that, of course I have complex feelings about the sport,” Cooper said.  “But I think that this win — [it] is a representation of where we can move forward.”

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