Omar claimed that USA Powerlifting’s policy violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
USA Powerlifting defended its rules in a FAQ statement stressing that USA Powerlifting follows the policies as defined by the IPF Medical Committee.
USA Powerlifting pointed to the fact that “significant advantages are had” by biological males competing in women’s events, such as “increased body and muscle mass, bone density, bone structure, and connective tissue.”Metro Voice, “Biological male weightlifter stripped of world records won in women’s category“, May 18, 2019
In January, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said the ban on transgender athletes was “illegal” and “discriminatory”.
“I urge you to reconsider this discriminatory, unscientific policy and follow the example of the International Olympic Committee,” Omar said in a letter to USA Powerlifting executive director Priscilla Ribie and president Larry Maile.
“The myth that trans women have a “direct competitive advantage” is not supported by medical science, and it continues to stoke fear and violence against one of the most at-risk communities in the world,” she added.Adam Maidment, “USA Powerlifting upholds its ban on transgender athletes“, PinkNews, May 18, 2019