Transgender powerlifter files suit after being banned from competing

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A transgender athlete is suing USA Powerlifting after being barred from competing because of her sex assigned at birth. JayCee Cooper, 33, of Minnesota, said she came out as transgender more than a decade ago and was formally diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2014, according to the New York Daily News. Cooper says she takes a drug that substantially cuts the testosterone levels in her body to the point she should be allowed to qualify to compete in the women’s superheavyweight division. She says in her lawsuit USA Powerlifting told her in December 2018 that she wasn’t eligible to compete because “male-to-female transgenders are not allowed to compete as females in our static strength sport as it is a direct competitive advantage.”