This may be the first international sporting event to cater a category to the often-outcasted transgender, intersex and non-binary communities.
The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships is adding a new category specifically tailored to members of the transgender and intersex communities. The third gender “Mx Category” will go into effect this year.
“We aim to be as inclusive as possible by equalizing all weight classes and offering the new third gender Mx category,” said Chris Morgan, nine-time champion and co-president of the LGBT Powerlifting Union.
The championships are going into its second year and is welcome to all people “regardless of sexuality, health status, hiv status, gender or ability,” according to their website.
“We have seen a great deal of adverse reaction recently to media reports of transgender athletes competing in strength sports,” said LGBTPU member Professor Ardel Thomas, who identifies as non-binary.
The championships also agreed to equalize weight classes for all participants.
“We are aware of new and novice trans, non-binary and intersex lifters are concerned about participating in sports because of lack of understanding, and therefore we have decided to offer an optional Mx Category at LGBT IPC 2018.”
“Issues affecting transgender, non-binary and intersex participants were discussed in detail at our congress in 2017, and we decided as a group to make our event as inclusive and as a safe as possible by offering an optional MX category,” said Charlotte Wareing, seven-time champion and LGBTPU co-president. “Athletes from within the trans, non-binary and intersex communities are very welcome to participate within LGBT IPC without any fear of discrimination.”
The championships will take place in London from July 27 through 29.