Powerlifter Mary Gregory was disqualified for being trans

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Transgender powerlifter Mary Gregory, who claims to have broken four women’s world records in competition last month, has been stripped of her trophies as it became known that she was transgender. Gregory says she broke the squat, bench press, deadlift and total records for her weight class and gender at the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation competition. Following the event, Gregory posted on Instagram on April 27, thanking the federation for welcoming and accepting her, a transgender athlete, as well as any other sportswoman. However, in a statement released on May 1, 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation president Paul Bossi said the group has taken away Ms Gregory’s awards as she was ‘actually male’. Gregory told Outsports that the federation discovered she was assigned male at birth by insisting that an official supervise her taking a urine test. Gregory continues to be a part of the sport by refereeing for USA Powerlifting competitions, despite its own ban on transgender athletes competing. She told Outsports: “One reason why I decided to continue lifting is because I wanted to give the middle finger to that stigma that you can’t be a strong, muscular female. I feel being strong and having muscles actually makes me feel sexy, and makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin.”

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