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578+ Male* Victories in Female Sports

*a.k.a Males Who Identify as Trans, or Transwomen

This tally was started in March 2023 in response to the argument, “But there aren’t very many, so what’s the harm?” Actually, there are many male athletes competing in women’s sports. The Washington Stand found that 28 national girls or women’s sports titles were won by trans-identified men between 2003 and 2022, with “the trend accelerating over the past three years.” Each male victory has a multiplier effect, displacing many girls or women from opportunities designed for them.

Why should any female athlete relinquish her sports dream to make room for a male? Regardless of gender identity, males have performance advantages over females. And female athletes are still being treated less favorably than male athletes at every turn. We must not diminish females’ opportunities, placings, finals, podiums, prizes, or financial rewards, nor their right to fair, safe, sex-separated sports experiences.

After tracking these incursions into girls’ and women’s sports spaces for nine months, we abandoned this project — but not our commitment to girls and women — because there are simply too many male victories.
Fortunately, SheWon started a similar tally — while also inviting user data about the girls and women who should have won. For updated data, or to add your own, please see SheWon.org.



“I’ve left cycling. Losing to a trans rider hurts on a million different levels.”
Hannah Arensman, 24, US cycling champion

“Transgender competitors are ruining our sport.”
Heather, 66, who quit a ladies shore angling team over trans participation

At the last contest series I did for Red Bull, I placed second. The trans competitor who won took $1000 dollars in qualifiers, $3000 in finals, and $1,000 in best trick. This totaled $5000 of the prize money meant for female athletes.
I am sick of being bullied into silence.
Skateboarder Taylor Silverman


Compiled by the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group
Updated January 30, 2024

  • Harriett Cunningham (Harriette Mackenzie), Mount Royal University’s new 6-2 forward, played for Vancouver Island University last year, winning the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship title, averaging 19.1 points and 14.9 rebounds. Mackenzie was named the 2022-23 PacWest Female Athlete of the Year, CCAA Championship MVP, and received CCAA First Team All-Canadian honours.
  • Henry Hanlon scored 26 points in a girls high school basketball game in San Francisco. This is the third consecutive game where he’s scored more than one-third of the team’s points (January 2024).
  • Navi Huskey played for two years for Long Beach City College in 2019.
  • At 50, Gabrielle Ludwig joined the Mission College women’s team in California. Ludwig was 6’6,” 230 pounds.
  • Arturs Ahmetovs, a Latvian male boxer, went viral for knocking out World Champion female boxer Claressa Shields during a sparring session. (2023)
  • Katia Bissonnette refused to step into the ring with Mya Walmsley at the 2023 Provincial Golden Glove Championship in October 2023 in Victoriaville, Quebec and subsequently withdrew from the match, leading to Walmsley being declared the winner by default.
  • Maxine Blythin, a British player, was named Kent Women’s Player of the Year in 2019.
  • Danielle McGahey, has been named in Canada’s squad for the Women’s T20 Americas Qualifier last August 2023.
  • Juniper Eastwood was the first trans runner to compete on Division 1 women’s track and cross-country teams, at the University of Montana.
  • Aspen Hoffman, a boy who identifies as a girl: 1) broke a girls’ school record in the 5,000 and helped his high school girls’ team qualify for the Washington state championship in 2022 — though Aspen finished 72nd in a boys’ race the previous year. 2) He placed fourth in the Women’s 5,000 meter race at the Wesco/Emerald Sound Cross Country Championships on October 21. 2023 with a time of 20:10.70. 3) In November 2023, on Seattle Academy’s GIRLS’ cross-country team made a 41-point difference, pushing them to a 2nd place team finish at the Washington State Girls Championships.
  • Soren Stark-Chessa: 1) on October 21, 2023, Stark-Chessa was named ‘Fastest Sophomore Girl’ for winning a girls’ cross-country running competition in Belfast, Maine. This biological boy beat the closest female competitor by 90 seconds. 2) Stark-Chessa not only dominated girls in his own state but across 5 New England states, finishing top 6 overall at the New England XC Championships, November 2023.
  • Harriet Haynes won European Champion (2023), European Team Champion (2023, 2022, 2020), World Team Champion (2022), National Ladies Singles Champion (2022) and more. He won by default at the final of the 2023 Ladies Champion of Champions national pool tournament.
  • Jamie Hunter: 1) won the 2022 US Women’s Snooker Open title; 2) Allied to quarter-final runs at the Eden Masters and British Open tournaments, the run was enough to see her climb to 14th position in the world rankings; 3) In November 2023, Jamie reached her third world ranking final and first in England at the Eden Masters; 4) has also enjoyed success at national level, completing a title double in Fareham on her way to a second placed finish on the 2021/22 EPSB Women’s Tour; 5) In October 2021, Jamie reached the final of the 2021 EBSA European Women’s Snooker Championship in Portugal, losing 4-1 to Wendy Jans.

BMX

Criterium Racing

  • Emily Bridges and Lilly Chant, both trans-identified males, won first and second place, respectively, at the ThunderCrit race in London in 2022.
  • Zoey (Zakkary) Marks, a Florida crit racer, won the women’s 3/4/5 at the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic (2023).

Cyclocross

  • Catherine (Nicholas) Barnwell has taken women’s wins in road and cyclocross (2023).
  • Zahava Barwin races in the women’s field in cyclocross in Canada (2021).
  • Cara (Cameron) Dixon won the women’s category at the Dirty Reiver gravel race in the UK in April 2023. Dixon was first in the women’s division, beating second place by over an hour. Dixon would have been 19th in the men’s. In June 2023, Dixon won the Trans Atlantic Way in Ireland. The female winner, who finished 26 hours later, was Hillary Allen.
  • Dahron Johnson: 1) participated in five road and cyclocross races for Women Cat 1/2 and 3 during the 2021 Music City Crits and won 5 times; 2) participated in six races for the Women Cat 3 and 1/2 during the 2022 Music City Crits and won 5 times.
  • Tessa Johnson: 1) won the 2022 Chicago Cyclocross Cup; 2) took first place in both the women’s 1/2 and the singlespeed on October 8, 2023 at Jackson Park in Chicago; (3) took first place in the women’s singlespeed at the Illinois State Cyclocross Championships on December 3, 2023.
  • Jenna Lingwood won the 40-44 Masters championship at the 2022 USA Cyclocross Nationals in Connecticut.”
  • Zee Mars (aka Kyo Zero Mars): 1) has participated in several races during 2018 under the women’s category and took first place 3 times, 5th place and 11th place; 2) won the women’s cat 3 and 4 cyclocross in the Washington area (2023).
  • Jacqueline Maunter races cyclocross for the Philly Bike Expo team (apparently remaining in the cat 4/5s since 2017, despite wins and podiums). Recipient of a Women Build Bikes grant.
  • Erica Miller races road, gravel, and cyclocross in Colorado.
  • Riley Claire Sato, a male cyclocross racer, took first place in the women’s 3 category at Dam Cross in Woodstock, Ontario on October 15, 2023.
  • Kylie (Kyle) Small: 1) finished tenth out of 59 in the varsity women’s cross country at USA cycling collegiate mountain bike national championships on October 13, 2023; 2) placed 13th of 41 in the women’s varsity collegiate category on December 7, 2023 at the USA Cycling national cyclocross championships; and 3) took the women’s gold medal at the 2023 National Cyclocross Championships in Louisville, KY..
  • Chloë Spritz (Cole Sprague) participated in the women’s single-speed category (2023).
  • Morgan Styer, raced road and cyclocross through 2017 and was a midpack cat 4/5 male who became a successful cat 3 “female” ten years later.
  • Kristin Sundquistt, a male racer, won several women’s category of cyclocross since 2021. In her most recent race that took place last November 11, 2023, she placed 16th at Verge Northampton Cyclocross, Women Pro/Cat ½ Category.
  • Evelyn Williamson: 1) took second place in the women’s singlespeed cyclocross at Jackson Park in Chicago on October 8, 2023; 2) Took second place in the women’s singlespeed category at the Illinois State Cyclocross Championships on December 3, 2023. 3) On the first roster for the women’s team for 606 Racing in Chicago for 2024.

Fat Bike

  • Roxanne Bombardier (Roger): 1) In October 2021, Bombardier came in first in the Women’s Masters 50+ event in Wrightsville, Vermont. 2) On December 2, he took first place in the women’s Fat Bike category at the Ice Weasels Cometh race in Southwick, Massachusetts.

Fixed Gear

  • Kiana Gysin, a male racer, won the women’s Zuricrit fixed gear race last August 19, 2023 in Zürich.

Mountain Biking

Track and Road Races (Cycling)

  • Taryn Askew: 1) took first place three times during the State Race Double Women 21-30 Girls Expert (July-August 2022); 2) took first place during the Warnicke Double District / 17-20 Women Cruiser / Girls Cruiser (2022); 3) took first place during the Catamount BMX – SCR/GCQ Weekend Gold Cup / 21-30 Women / Girls Expert (June 2022); 4) won first place at the Gold Cup Qualifier Triple 31-40 Women/Girls Expert (July 2022).
  • Catherine Barnwell: 1) took 7th place in the women’s category 4/5 Devens Grand Prix in July 2022; 2) took 6th place during The Frozen Four 2023: Matt Catania Memorial; 3) took 6th place in the Women u40 Long Course during Pavement Ends Gravel Race in April 2023; 4) took first place in the Women Category 4/5 C/D during the Catamount Cycling Classic Road Race in April 2023; 5) took 5th place in the Women Category 4/5 C/D during the Catamount Cycling Classic Criterium in April 2023; 6) took 3rd place in the Women Category 4/5 during the Ken Harrod Memorial Road Race in May 2023; 7) took 6th place in the Open Women category during the Guilford Gravel Grinder (the G3): the 2023 New England Gravel Championship in June 2023.
  • Jillian Bearden: 1) won the Arizona El Tour de Tucson in 2016 and was the first man to race in an American women’s professional peleton in 2017; 2) finished the Colorado Classic over 11 minutes behind the winner last August 2017.
  • Molly Cameron, a male cyclist, won at the Columbia Plateau in 2021.
  • Sylvia Dardenne is a professional road racing cyclist from Belgium, currently riding for Baloise-WB Ladies. He was the women’s 45-49 long distance duathlon world champion in 2021.
  • Kristin (Nathan) Duhr took the women’s 40+ cat 1 series win at Downhill Rockies (2023).
  • Arya Elowen: 1) took second place in the Women’s SW 4 during the Modern Market Criterium in June 2023; 2) took 8th place in the Women’s SW 4 during the Littleton Twilight Criterium by Audi Denver in August 2023.
  • Patti Flynn: 1) took 2nd place twice in the Women CAT 5 during the Half Acre Cycling’s Skyway Classic in May 2023; 2) raced in the Women’s Category 4/5 at the Cob Park Criterium in July 2023; 3) raced in the Women’s Category 4/Novice Elite during the Winfield Criterium & Summerfest 2023; 4) participated twice in the Women’s Category 4/Novice Elite during the Intelligentsia Cup William Blair Grand Prix at Goose Island Beer Co. in July 2023.
  • Ash (Max) Fierek took the women’s e-bike win at the Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals.
  • Lola Furnemont was a member of the Belgian elite women’s cycling team Baloise-WB Ladies in 2022 and 2023.
  • Na Hwa-rin, 37, won a women’s event in the Gangwon Sports Festival in South Korea in June 2023 to prove that men do not belong in women’s competitions and declined to move on National Sports Festival after qualifying for it. “I am not proud of myself at all. I believe other transgender athletes would feel the same way. They may not want to admit it, but they’re being selfish. There is no honor as an athlete in that.”
  • Veronica Ivy (a.k.a. Rachel McKinnon) is a two-time masters world champion, notably winning the 2018 UCI World Masters Track Cycling Championships.
  • Jordan Johnson participated in 29 Women’s-category races since 2021. 1) He took 3rd place in the Women SW 4 during the Bannock Street Criterium in July 2021; 2) took 2nd place in the Women SW 4 during the Ridge at 38 Criterium – CO Sr Crit Championships in September 2021; 3) took 2nd place in the Women SW4 during the Pueblo Classic Road Race in April 2022; 4) took first place in the Women SW 4 during the Louisville Criterium in May 2022; 5) took first place in the Women SW 3/ Col Wom B during the CSU Cobb Lake Oval Criterium.
  • Austin Killips: 1) in 2022, he placed third in the women’s category for Tour of the Gila and Joe Martin Stage Race; 2) He competed in National Championships United States WE – ITT (NC) and National Championships United States WE – Road Race (NC); 3) won the elite women’s division of the 2023 Tour of the Gila stage race in May 2023. Ironically, this was the first year the men’s and women’s prize money was equal. So the first male finisher received the same amount as the first “female” finisher — another male.* 4) On May 28, Killips finished second at the Belgian Waffle Ride in Canada. 5) In June, Killips won the Belgian Waffle Ride in North Carolina by more than five minutes, taking the $5,000 women’s prize. In July, the Belgian Waffle Ride changed its eligibility criteria to exclude everyone except females from the female category “in the interest of protecting the parity of sports between women and men”. 6) Named one of Outside Magazine’s “Outsiders of the Year” (December 2023). 7) In January 2024, he took third place in the UCI Cyclocross women’s elite at Zonnebeke.
  • Eva Kloiber took first place (April 2023) and third place (July 2023) in Women’s starters 3/4/5 at the 2023 Allegheny Cycling Association Summer Crit Series held at Bud Harris Bike Park, Pennsylvania.
  • Claire (Ivan) Law, a male bike racer, became the women’s P/1/2/3 northwest champion in the elimination race last August 18, 2023 at Jerry Baker Velodrome in Washington.
  • Jenna Lingwood: 1) took the gold and Claire Law took the bronze at the women’s international omniom (a time trial, a criterium, and mass-start road race) at the Jerry Baker Velodrome in Washington on May 27, 2023. 2) placed second in the Cafe Hollander Tosa Village Classic in Shorewood, Wisconsin on June 25, 2023. 3) Lingwood ranked first on the overall endurance podium at the Vision GP in Washington in July 2023.
  • Anna Lisk, according to Road Results, has participated in 35 women’s category races and most often won first place.
  • Jordan Lothrop: 1) won at the Columbia Plateau on 2021. 2) Ranked 3rd on the overall endurance podium at the Vision GP in Washington in July 2023. 3) In the Pacific GP, he was the top seed for the women’s sprint comps last August 2023.
  • Harper Martinez took 6th place during the Somibike Championship Series for women’s open category (2019).
  • Jackie Mautner, a male, won the Women’s State Championship in Pennyslvania in 2022.
  • Lesley Mumford won the CO2UT Desert Gravel 100-mile gravel race (Colorado to Utah) on May 14, 2023, for women aged 40-49 and stood alone on the victory platform (below) as the female finishers protested. He took 5 wins this season (2023).

  • Christine Penn participated in several races since 2018 under the women’s category with the Sturdy Girl cycling team, including last May 2023 at the Kitchen Road Criterium for Women 50-54 Masters category.
  • Emil Carr-Ross, a male bike mechanic from Scotland, was interviewed for being “the only female finisher” of L’Esperit de Girona bike packing race (2023). He also entered the women’s category for the Highland Trail 550 in Scotland in May 2024.
  • Ruth Seaman took first place and set a new course record with 176.9 miles (29 laps, 9918 feet of elevation) in 11:44:55 at the 2020 Pace Bend Ultra 12-Hour Solo Female.
  • Tara Seplavy, took the win in the women’s 3/4/5 at the Emrick Blvd Crit in Pennsylvania last May 7, 2023.
  • Evelyn Sifton won the Houston Grand Crit in May 2019.
  • Natalie van Gogh won the Trofee Maarten Wynants (an international race in Belgium) in 2015 and finished top-10 in various other national and international competitions.
  • Bev Sorsby, a trans identified male, is listed with British cycling as female. On June 8th 2022, he placed 3rd in the women’s race at HH Crit series, a cycling event run by British Cycling.
  • Sara Stearns; 1) Has competed in several races in the women’s category since 2012 based on Road Results; 2) has participated in the Red Kite Championship Weekend since 2014, taking first place three times; and 3) is the Masters Women 70+ national and world track champion and was the masters world record holder as of October 18, 2022.
  • Tiffany Thomas, 46-year-old domestic pro racer for team LA Sweat. Started cycling on a Peloton bike at age 40. He won the Randall’s Island Criterium Race last March 19, 2023.
  • Ana Sofia Zarate won the top category with the biggest payout at Corsa Mexica, “The First Mexican Women’s Race”. There was no men’s category because it was designed to elevate and celebrate women’s cycling in Mexico (December 2023).
  • Kimberly Giannola, competed in 21 Women’s Professional tournaments for the 2023 season and won a total of $3,379.
  • Natalie Ryan won two major competitions in 2022, including the MVP Open, in the Professional Disc Golf Association’s elite tier.
  • Savannah Burton was the first out trans athlete to compete for Canada in international team sports. Burton was named to the Canadian National Dodgeball Team in 2015 and played in international competitions through 2017.
  • Beth Debertin, a male fencer, placed 8th on Vet-40 Women’s Saber last January 2023 North American Cup.
  • Elizabeth Kocab won a women’s national title this July 2023 in the senior’s Vet-70 epee championship. The 6 foot tall, World Champion athlete has made the women’s USA Vet World Championships team since 2011.
  • Eden Philpot has now claimed four gold medals, two silver, and one for placing fifth and eighth during the 2022-2023 season of women’s fencing.
  • Dawn Wilson is a 2x Veteran women Saber Champion (2014 and 2015) and a 2x member of the US Veteran Fencing World Championship team (2017,2018)
  • Natalie Washington: had his first game for Rushmoor FC in the Hampshire League division one for women’s football.
  • Hailey Davidson: 1) First trans golfer to win a professional tournament (2024) and the second to play in the LPGA qualifying school (2022); 2) He won the NXXT Women’s Classic at Mission Inn Resort and Club near Orlando, Florida. He will now be able to join the Ladies Epson Tour after securing one of five women’s places (2024).
  • Lana Lawless won the Long Drivers of America competition, hitting a 254-yard drive against a strong headwind wind in the final round, winning a $12,500 prize. (2008)
  • Athena del Rosario won first place in beach handball tournaments in 2019 and 2020, was named Southern California Heat Women’s Player of the Year in 2019, and Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the USA Team Handball Indoor National Championships in 2019. Previously, del Rosario played goalkeeper for the UC-Santa Cruz women’s soccer team.
  • Hannah Mouncey represents Australia in women’s handball (as of June 2022), having previously represented the country in men’s handball.
  • Jessica Platt played professional hockey for the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and was the first trans player in the league.
  • Alice Jimmy McPiketook home silver in the women’s Absolute No-GI Indeterminate category after beating out a different female athlete at the NAGA Grappling Championship on September 9, 2023.
  • Fallon Fox is a former mixed martial artist and the first openly transgender MMA fighter. On September 13, 2014, in a fight between Fox and Tamikka Brents, Brents suffered a concussion and an orbital bone fracture. She needed seven staples in her head. “I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right,” she stated. Fox boasted about violence against women in a 2020 tweet. “For the record, I knocked two out. One woman’s skull was fractured. Just so you know, I enjoyed it. See, I love smacking up TEFS (sic) in the cage who talk transphobic nonsense. It’s bliss!”
  • Alana McLaughlin, a former US Special Forces soldier as a man, won the first MMA fight competing against a woman, in 2021.
  • Galen Kirkpatrick represented the United States women at the FAI World Paragliding Championships in France in early June 2023. The previous April, Kirkpatrick won the Pan American Paragliding Championships Female division.

won an eighth women’s title at the Italian Indoor Masters Championships. In July 2023, at age 49, Petrillo won a bronze medal in the 400M T12 at the World Para Athletics Championship, displacing all the women who placed behind Petrillo.

Parkrun is a UK phenomenon with “fun runs” each weekend but it’s also competitive; records for males and females are recorded. Who counts as a woman is based entirely on one’s own self-declaration. Women’s records are being broken by male runners on a regular basis. For instance:

  • Lauren Jeska, a British fell runner (a cross-country sport involving hills), (1) won women’s races in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2016, Jeska pleaded guilty to attempted murder, two counts of assault inflicting bodily harm, and weapons possession charges after assaulting a UK Athletics HR manager with a knife. The manager had challenged Jeska’s eligibility to run as a woman. (2) Jeska holds the women’s record for the 5K Aberystwyth Parkrun, (17 minutes and 38 seconds) as of May 2023.
  • Siân Longthorpe, a male, (1) placed first among women in the weekly Porthcawl Parkrun, with a time of 18 minutes and 53 seconds on Saturday (20 May 2023). Longthorpe broke the women’s record in the 45-49 age group and placed fifth overall. (2) He also holds the age 40-44 female record, as well as the outright female record in Parke, Devon, and (3) the female record for ages 40-44 in Torbay Velopark (2023).
  • By contrast: Andie (Andrea) Taylor, a distance runner from St. Paul, Minn, says she is eager to compete among women and yearns for inclusion — but only if the scientific research unequivocally shows that her years living as a male did not give her an advantage.
  • Sara Weiss reigns as the Canadian Women’s National Amateur Pickleball Champion (as of May 2023).
  • Anne Andres, 40, a male who identifies as a woman, holds a women’s bench-pressing record in Canada and on August 14, 2023 set a new Canadian women’s national deadlift record at the CPU Westerns Championship.
  • In 2019, Mary Gregory, a male, broke four world records in the female category of Gregory’s age and weight class (masters world squat record, open world bench-pressing record, masters world deadlift record, and masters world total record) in the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation. A few days later, Gregory was stripped of these records and barred from competing as a woman. “She put down [registered as] female. Clearly, she’s not a female,” said Paul Bossi, 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation’s president. “Not biologically anyways. In our rules, we go by biological,” he told the Washington Post. “According to the rules, she can only lift in the men’s division.”
  • JayCee Cooper won the women’s 2019 national championship for bench press in the super heavyweight division.
  • Glenique Frank, a 52-year old male athlete, finished the 2023 London Marathon in 6,171st place among all women. The previous November, he finished 14,096th in the men’s category in the New York City Marathon.
  • Amelia GapinStevie Romer, and Grace Fisher are three of the at-least five trans runners who took coveted women’s spots in the Boston Marathon in 2023.
  • Erika (Brian) Kaiser, Frontrunners New York have appointed a man as their “Woman’s Director at Large”.
  • Kae Ravichandran: 1) won the women’s Finger Lakes 50k trail race on June 24, 2023. 2) He won the non-binary category of the Boston marathon in April — an apparent example of using “self-ID” to pick and choose categories. Ravichandran would have placed fifth among the men. 3) won the women’s category by 6 minutes at the Upstate Classic Half Marathon on November 19, 2023.
  • Ash Davis plays for the Fergus Highlanders women’s team (2023).
  • Lillian Gallagher won a women’s Red Bull Cornerstone competition in 2022 — which marked the second time female skateboarder Taylor Silverman lost to a male athlete. In a tweet, she wrote, “At the last contest series I did for Red Bull, I placed second. The trans competitor who won took $1000 dollars in qualifiers, $3000 in finals, and $1,000 in best trick. This totaled to $5000 of the prize money meant for the female athletes. I am sick of being bullied into silence.”
  • Ricci Tres, a trans-identified male, 29, defeated a 13-year-old girl, Shiloh Catori, to win the Board Street event in New York city in 2022.
  • Violet Whyte, has won prize money in several Canadian skateboarding events even though Violet is actually a “biological male.”
  • Mara Stefania Gómez debuted in 2020 and became the first trans player in Argentine’s top football flight in 2022.
  • Blair Hamilton was named goalie for the England Universities Sport Women’s soccer team in 2022 – the first man to compete in women’s international soccer competitions.
  • Alba Palacios, Spain’s first trans football player, is a leading scorer in the Spanish football federation.
  • Audrey Yun has taken women’s awards and prize money in his rookie year of the competitive strength sport at Strongman Corporation. He placed 1st on King and Queen of the Throne (Novice) 2023, 2nd on Vancouver Strength Championship 2023 and BC’s Strongest 2023.
  • In 2022, trans-identified male surfer Sasha Jane Lowerson placed ninth at the Noosa Festival of Surfing and first in the Open Women’s and Women’s Logger divisions at the Western Australian State Titles.
  • Meghan Cortez-Fields, a senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey who swam for three years on the men’s team, won first place and broke a school record in the 100-yard butterfly. She also came in first place in the 200-yard individual medley and earned second place in the 200-yard butterfly. (November 2023)
  • Lia Thomas, below (University of Pennsylvania), won a national NCAA Division I title and set an Ivy League record in the 500 freestyle in 2022 and made it to the final heat of the 100-free and 200-free. According to Swimming World, by the conclusion of Thomas’ swimming career at UPenn, Thomas’ rank had moved from 65th on the men’s team to 1st on the women’s team in the 500-yard freestyle. World Aquatics responded by banning males from the female category unless those males transitioned before the age of 12; in January 2024, Thomas appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the new rule.
  • Melody Wiseheart (Nicholas Cepeda): 1) A 50-year-old man “identifying as teenage girl” competed in the Trojan Cup swimming competition racing against 13-yr-old girls at East Bayfield Community Centre in Barrie, Ontario, December 2023 and reportedly undressed in the locker room with the girls too. 2) He also competed in the girl’s 13&O 100 meter fly at the Toronto Pan Am Centre (January 2024).
  • Renée Richards, a player on the men’s circuit, underwent gender reassignment therapy in 1975 and started playing in women’s tournaments in 1976. After Richards accepted an invitation to a warm-up tournament for the US Open, 25 of the 32 women pulled out of the tournament. As a result, the USTA and WTA introduced the Barr body test, which identifies sex chromosomes. Richards refused the test and was banned from the US Open. Richards filed a lawsuit in 1977 and the New York Supreme Court ruled in Richards’ favor. Richards competed in the 1977 US Open at the age of 43, reaching the doubles final, but now admits males possess an unfair advantage and should not compete against women.
  • Brooklyn Ross, yet another male who identifies as female, entered a Wyoming tournament called the Governor’s Cup in August 2023 but dropped out, citing a “circus” atmosphere. Cheyenne Tennis Association President, Jackie Fulkrod, resigned over the controversy, citing a need for fairness in women’s sports.
  • Alicia Rowley a self-identified “female,” won the women’s 55 & over singles title at the USTA National Women’s Grass Court Championships in July, 2023 Rowley had won the National Indoor Championships in singles and doubles in May.
  • Chloe Barnes helped her Brookline High girls’ indoor track and field team win the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 state championship in February 2023. The junior placed fourth in the 55-yard hurdles, contributing five points to the team’s victory.
  • Juniper Eastwood was the first trans runner to compete on Division 1 women’s track and cross-country teams, at the University of Montana.
  • Riya Isha, a male who identifies as trans, won three track and field events for Calicut University in 2017.
  • Maelle Jacques finished second in the girls 1600m at the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Division III Track and Field State Championships on May 25, 2023. Jacques also placed 5th place in the High Jump and 13th in the Long Jump. In another event, Jacques led the girls team to a championship trophy after winning the 1600m and high jump at the Wilderness Championship, which featured DII & DIII teams from central and northern New Hampshire.
  • Caroline Layt was part of a 4×200-meter team that set an Australian national record.
  • Terry Miller won state titles in Connecticut in 2017 — with fellow “transgirl” Andraya Yearwood finishing second — and won regional New England championships. Over the course of three years, Yearwood and Miller broke 17 girls’ meet records and took 15 state championship titles. “Fastest girl in Connecticut” Chelsea Mitchell sued along with teammates Ashley Nicoletti , Selina Soule, Alanna Smith.
  • In 2022, Tiffany Newell won the women’s 45-49 Canadian indoor 5,000-meter race, setting a national record. In 2023, he won the women’s 45 3000 Meter Run All Ages and women’s 50 1500 Meter Run Masters.
  • Eris Pil took second in girls’ shot put and fourth in girls’ discus at Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League’s track meet in May 2023. Top six finalists qualified for the state championships; therefore two girls who should have qualified were left out.
  • On May 21, 2023, Athena Ryan: 1) placed second in the varsity girls’ 1600-meter finals of the CIF-North Coast Section Meet of Champions, denying fourth-place finisher Adeline Johnson, 18, a chance to compete at the California state championship. Protesters unfurled banners to voice opposition to males competing in girls’ events, as did swimmer and women’s sports advocate Riley Gaines and others. At the championship meet, Ryan and Lorelei Barrett, another trans-identified male, did not show up; nor did two girls, so four slots originally reserved for girls were lost. 2) Ryan placed 17th in the Girls North Coast Section Cross Country (2023). (3) Ryan placed first in the women’s 2.97-mile varsity cross country race at the Coastal Mountain Conference Championships in Santa Rosa, CA (November 2023).
  • Sadie Schreiner broke the women’s 300-meter record on his college’s women’s track team (December 2023).
  • Caster Semenya: two-time women’s 800-meter Olympic champion, three-time 800m world champion, and a double Commonwealth Games middle distance gold medalist. When Semenya won the Doha Diamond League 800m in May 2019, it was her 30th consecutive victory over the distance.
  • Diamond Solorzano (see also volleyball) helped lead North Valley (Nevada) High School relay teams to two golds.
  • CeCé Telfer: 1) won the Division II NCAA championship in the 400-meter hurdles as a senior at Franklin Pierce University in 2019 – the first of 28+ openly trans male athletes to win a women’s NCAA title. From 2016 to 2017, Telfer had competed without success in the men’s division. 2) He shut a woman out of qualifying for finals, then placed 4th in finals in the women’s category at the UMass Flagship Invitational (2024).
  • Andraya Yearwood (below) finished 2nd in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s 100-yard dash on June 4, 2017, behind trans student Terry Miller.  Over the course of three years, Yearwood and Miller broke 17 girls’ meet records and took 15 state championship titles. “Fastest girl in Connecticut” Chelsea Mitchell sued along with teammates Ashley Nicoletti , Selina Soule, Alanna Smith.

  • In 2022, Tiffany Abreu helped Brazil win the Brazilian Cup.
  • Derek Cannuscio, a male player who happens to be captain of girls’ volleyball team in MA asked female player on opposing team after a heated game: “Did my penis distract you?” last November 18, 2023.
  • Tate Drageset, the first known biological male to receive a full athletic scholarship for a women’s sport, verbally committed to play on Washington’s women’s volleyball team (December 2023). The scholarship was reportedly rescinded after protests by women’s rights groups.
  • Aaron Lester, a male playing for Half Moon Bay’s girls’ volleyball team, spiked a ball at a girl on the opposing team, who suffered a concussion. (October 2023)
  • In 2023, Diamond Solorzano (see also track) was selected as Nevada’s 3A All-North Honorable Mention in high school and signed to play with Lassen College (Susanville, CA) in the fall.

NOTE: High school boys who play volleyball or field hockey because there isn’t a boys’ team to play on still have an unfair advantage.

  • Laurel Hubbard, a biological male, won two gold medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa and another gold in a women’s event at the Roma World Cup in Rome. In 2020 she became the first transwoman to compete in the Olympics — displacing, among others, Roviel Detenamo from Nauru, India, 18.

*This list includes winners, top-three finishers, and in a few cases, spots on high school, college and elite women’s teams. It is by no means exhaustive.

*We mean no disrespect by using “male” to refer to transwomen, gender-fluid, and nonbinary athletes who have male bodies. We respect everyone’s right to dress as they please, choose their own names, and conform or not to gender stereotypes. Transgender people must not be discriminated against in housing or employment. But in sport, biological sex matters.. Unlike gender identity, sex is immutable. Males cannot transform into females, regardless of whether they choose to embrace or reject gender stereotypes. And females deserve their own space to compete and their own fair chance to win.

Most males (about 70 percent) who call themselves women have not had any medical treatments. (Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 2023.) Only about 16 percent have had surgery. Therefore, in the majority of cases, when a man “transitions” to a woman, only a “social transition” (hair, makeup, behavior) occurs. For this reason especially, the word transwoman is confusing. Male is far more accurate. To ask us to believe that these men are actually women: that’s called gaslighting. Many people, in the name of compassion and political correctness, fall for it.

Even surgery and testosterone-suppression drugs do not remove the male athlete’s advantages in height, weight, muscle mass, skull size, hand size, heart size, or lung size.

Only females belong in the female sports category. That’s what that category is for: restricting participation to those who were born female — for the sake of fairness and safety.

More info and references here.