Outrage is brewing faster than coffee over an adult so-called transgender woman beating a teenage girl in a local skateboarding competition and then proudly collecting the prize money afterward.
Records show that transgender woman Ricci And Tres, 29, beat teenage girl Shiloh Catori, 13, at the June 25th Boardr Open New York City women’s finals.
As a result, Tres collected $500, while Catori collected only $250.
Male wins women’s skateboarding finals and money at the Boardr Open NYC presented by DC today. pic.twitter.com/fgqmHMq2Ez
— Taylor Silverman (@tmsilverman) June 25, 2022
Tres is no newcomer to controversy.
Last year Tres tried to qualify for women’s skateboarding at the 2020 Summer Olympics but fell short because of having too much testosterone.
“Due to IOC regulations, Ricci was required to submit a testosterone test before being allowed to compete. She was unable to meet the short deadline for the test and, despite taking hormones, her results eventually came in much higher than the required levels to compete in a women’s Olympic Qualifying event; her run was not included,” according to The Berrics.
You can hear this transgender woman speak about the disqualification in the interview below:
The fact that Ricci was disqualified from competing in the Olympics because of testosterone but was allowed to compete against little girls in NYC has spurred outrage.
Critics, both male and female, say it’s patently unfair.
Pisses me off. Many have worked so hard to get women’s skateboarding more recognition girls have worked so hard. So many gains of the last few years with contest, sponsors, money and TV time. It’s being taken advantage discounting all the hard work and will ruin those gains.
— Randywtwf (@randywtwf) June 25, 2022
There is one thing I am grateful for about Ricci’s “win”. As with Lia, the outrageous unfairness of men competing in women’s sports becomes more and more obvious to more and more people. So, I will thank you for your service in that department Ricci. #nothankyou #savewomenssports
— Kim Frinton (@drowsyfire) June 26, 2022
The US, unfortunately, is not a place for fairness and freedom for girls and women. I hope this changes very soon!!
— Julianne Miles-Brown (@JulsMilesBrown) June 26, 2022
This is heartbreaking. These poor girls are being cheated of their achievements.
— Jacy (@Jacy_c888) June 26, 2022
It’s interesting how no transman has won in any men’s sports. But men who ID as women constantly win 1st place and taking a spot from a female. I wonder why transmen are not doing as well as transwomen in swimming, cycling, weightlifting, MMA etc 🤔#SaveWomensSports pic.twitter.com/u2nAPRNcgk
— Norella💜🤍💚 (@Noriay) June 26, 2022
But some have pushed back by noting that Tres wasn’t the only adult who competed. Another adult, 28-year-old Chrissy Brown, also competed and came in at 4th place. This, critics say, proves skateboarding isn’t about age or gender, but about skill.
However, skateboarding experts like Tim Pool have argued otherwise. In the following tweet posted last month, he made the case that men “have higher centers of gravity granting advantages that cannot be removed with” hormone replacement theory:
Males in skateboarding have higher centers of gravity granting advantages that cannot be removed with hrt
That plus the Q angle differences
So it’s unfair to female athletes
Your semantics are not relevant
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) May 18, 2022
Some of the young female skateboarders who’ve been forced to compete against transgender women have also cried foul, most notably Taylor Silverman.
Silverman went viral last month when, after losing a Red Bull-sponsored competition to a transgender woman, she issued a statement slamming the unfairness of what had transpired.
“My name is Taylor Silverman. I am a female athlete. I have been skateboarding for eleven years and competing for several years. I have been in three different contests with trans women, two of which I placed second. At the last contest series I did for Redbull, I placed second,” she said in a written Instagram post.
“The trans competitor who won took $1000 in qualifiers, $3000 in finals, and $1000 in best trick. This totaled to $5000 of the prize money meant for the female athletes. I took $1000 in qualifiers and $1750 for second place, so $2750 in total. The girl who took third received $750. The girl who deserved $1000 for best trick took nothing along with whoever would have placed third.”
She concluded the post by saying that she’d deserved to place first and be paid accordingly. She also revealed that she’d tried to reach out to Red Bull, but to no avail.
‘I won’t be bullied into silence’: Fuming female skateboarder goes off after trans rival wins competition https://t.co/wVe2EEna4y
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) May 20, 2022
Ultimately, although the transgender community has a hell of a lot of support from mainstream institutions, the American people at large side with girls like Silverman.
A Gallup poll conducted last year found that a 62 percent majority of Americans, including 63 percent of Independents and even 41 percent of Democrats, believe transgender athletes should only be allowed to compete against those who share their biological gender.
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