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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard: "It gets better"

Speaking to reporters after becoming the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympics, Laurel Hubbard on Tuesday expressed gratitude for the opportunity to compete as an athlete and the hope that her story will help convince. What she's saying: "All I have ever really wanted as an athlete...
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Hubbard Makes History as First Transgender Olympian, But Exits Early

TOKYO - New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard made history on Monday by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games, but she suffered a disappointing early exit from the women's +87 kg final after three no lifts in the snatch. At 43, Hubbard was the oldest competitor...

New Study Reports on How to Empower Transgender Voices Through Singing

The study, titled Facilitating the Empowerment of Transgender Voices Through Singing, states “for many singers who are transgender, organized singing has always been, and will remain, largely inaccessible.”. Pullinger talks about how cisgender expectations affect transgender individuals, asserting that in choral singing, we frequently hear of "men's voices (tenors and...

Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard grateful for Olympic chance, happy to fade into obscurity

Trailblazing weightlifter Laurel Hubbard says she looks forward to "graceful obscurity" leaving the Tokyo Games, with memories "as rewarding as any Olympic medal." The 43-year-old made history on Monday night as the first transgender woman to compete at the Olympics. However, she disappointed in the women's +87kg category, missing all three of her snatch attempts, failing to register a result and bowing out.

Transgender weightlifter Hubbard makes history at Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard finally got to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. It didn’t last long, but it was significant. Hubbard couldn’t complete any of her first three lifts on Monday night, ruling her out of medal contention in the women’s over-87-kilogram division. Keep scrolling for a...
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Hubbard shy about making history as a transgender Olympian

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was never seeking the attention that inevitably came with becoming the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympics. The 43-year-old was the focus of intense scrutiny at the Tokyo Games. Ultimately, she didn’t win — Hubbard couldn’t complete any of her first three lifts and finished out of contention for a medal.

'Hard enough lifting a barbell:' Laurel Hubbard would rather not carry the weight of transgender history

TOKYO – Laurel Hubbard had not sought to be a trailblazing figure, and she doesn’t want to be. A day after she became the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympics, the New Zealand weightlifter reckoned with what her participation in these Games meant – both for sport and for her. Competing here had not been about breaking some barrier, and that brought Hubbard a kind of attention uncomfortable to the soft-spoken athlete.