“We all know I’m a transgender geek,” said Anne Andre, who is a 40-year-old biological man.
Transgender weightlifter Anne Andres, 40, broke Canada’s women’s national record and an unofficial world record on Monday, sparking criticism among advocates of women’s sports.
This is NOT a legitimate 🇨🇦National Record. This is a mediocre lift by a mediocre male who is being allowed to lift against women because… hair colour? 🤔 Shame on the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU). This is discrimination against the female competitors.#SaveWomensSportspic.twitter.com/F8mdFpnz01
— International Consortium on Female Sport (ICFS) (@ICFSport) August 14, 2023
The biological man took first place at the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) Western Canada Championships 2023, with a combined score of 597.5 kilogramsthat is, about 210 kilograms more than its closest opponent.
After knowing the new record, the American swimmer Riley Gaines lashed out against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policies authorizing the CPU allow men to participate in women’s competitions based solely on gender self-identification.
“Andres’ record is a mediocre lift by a mediocre male weightlifter, because the CPU discriminates against female athletes,” said Gaines, who referred to the athlete as male and denounced the “Trudeau’s radical contempt for women”.
Gaines also shared a video in which Andres wonders “why the women’s bench press is so bad.”
Anne Andres (male who identifies and competes as a woman) doesn’t understand why female powerlifters are so “bad” at bench press….well idk Anne, but maybe it’s because you have 20 times more testosterone than them. Just a thought…. pic.twitter.com/klxd4WaoYc
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) February 17, 2023
“I literally don’t understand why it’s so bad,” said the athlete. “I mean, not compared to me. We all know I’m a transgender geek, so that doesn’t count,” she explained.
“Let’s rephrase that: The female bench press can be bad for you because you’re a male who has gone through male puberty with a male amount of testosterone,” Gaines said, turning to Andres. “Being a woman or a female athlete does not mean that we are inferior or that we are not capable of achieving incredible things, it just means that we are different from men,” he declared.