Olympics’ First Openly Transgender Woman Stokes Debate on Fairness

Olympics’ First Openly Transgender Woman Stokes Debate on Fairness

July 31, 2021

Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weight lifter from New Zealand, will compete on Monday, as some question her right to be at the Games.



By Tariq Panja and Ken Belson

TOKYO — When Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weight lifter from New Zealand, makes her first attempt in the women’s heavyweight competition on Monday, she will become the first openly transgender female athlete to compete at the Olympics.

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