In April, Gregory bagged the world record in women's squat, deadlift, and bench press. But, she was stripped of the titles after officials discovered her assigned gender to be male.
Mary Gregory, a transwoman powerlifter, has been stripped of many of her women's championship titles following a decision enforced by the Powerlifting Federation, which determined that Gregory was not eligible to compete as a female. According to Pink News, the powerlifter was stripped of her many trophies and was described as 'actually a male'.
In April, Gregory bagged the world record in women's squat, deadlift, and bench press. The transwoman powerlifter had also earned the title of 'Masters total world record' for her powerlifting scores across the boards at the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation. Gregory posted her historical record on Instagram and thanked the Federation for making her feel welcomed as a transwoman athlete.
"As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone- all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you!" Gregory said in her post.
Transwoman announces winning master's and open records in the women's division in Raw Powerlifting federation at a meet in Virginia today:https://t.co/IiyrSiS6d1@fairplaywomen @sargesalute @SaveWomensSport @sharrond62 @coachblade @boysvswomen @janeclarejones— walterneff (@walterneff7) April 27, 2019
However, shortly after her momentous record, 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation's president Paul Bossi issued a statement in which it was confirmed that Gregory was stripped of her wins due to the fact that he believed that she is male.
"It was revealed that this female lifter was actually a male in the process of becoming a Transgender female," reads the statement. "Our rules and the basis of separating genders for [the] competition are based on physiological classification rather than identification."
"On the basis of all information presented to the Board of Directors for this particular case, the conclusion made is that the correct physiological classification is male. Since the lifter’s gender classification for the purpose of our rules is not consistent with [a] female, no female records will be broken by these lifts," concludes Bossi's statement.
Men who identify as women are BEATING biological women in sports:— PragerU (@prageru) May 9, 2019
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The powerlifter told Outsports that the federation had discovered that she was assigned when an official from the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation accompanied her for her urine test. "I did my business while somebody watched me sitting on the toilet. And so that's where that statement comes from because I’m sure she told them, 'Hey! This girl's got a penis!'" she said.
Powerlifter Mary Gregory, who broke world records, disqualified for being trans https://t.co/lFWqE7RpnW— d snyder (@snyder777) May 12, 2019
Despite Gregory's open identification as a female, the federation representatives confirmed their doubts by demanding a birth certificate as well. Gregor had started Hormone Replacement Therapy and began taking estrogen and testosterone blockers for 11 months before competing in the world title. However, she did not transition her gender surgically.
Mary Gregory beat all of the women and actually said, "As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into it".— Jessie Jane Duff (@JessieJaneDuff) May 1, 2019
Um. Mary, I think you weren't unsure at all. You knew exactly what would happen. https://t.co/6BieUT212l
But most athletic associations don't require their athletes to present themselves as biologically identical to their fellow competitors. The International Olympic Committee is one such sports organizer which judges the gender of the athlete by taking into account their hormone levels. Other notable athletes also commented on the matter, drawing attention to the unfair advantage MTF transpersons have in the competition.
This is a trans woman a male body with male physiology setting a world record & winning a woman’s event in America in powerlifting. A woman with female biology cannot compete.. it’s a pointless unfair playing field. https://t.co/sI9i3AFANB— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) April 28, 2019
However, the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation, as well as the USA Powerlifting, have decided to review their policies on the matter. Last week, USA Powerlifting, which is an American affiliate for the International Powerlifting Federation, passed a policy which has almost completely banned transpersons from competing in their competition.