In 2017, Gavin “Laurel” Hubbard became the first New Zealander and the first transgender victor of the International Weightlifting Federation in Anaheim, California, which caused controversy at the time but did not deter his weightlifting career. This weekend, he won two gold medals and a silver medal in several women’s heavyweight categories at the 2019 Pacific Games, the Washington Times reports. Hubbard beat Feagaiga Stowers, a female lifter from Samoa who took home gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games. Hubbard had to drop out of that contest due to an elbow injury. The weightlifter’s latest victory highlights the ongoing controversy over gender-confused […]
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