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Why the way we talk about Olympian Laurel Hubbard has real consequences for all transgender people

By Holly Thorpe, Professor in Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture, University of Waikato
Jack Byrne, Senior Research Officer, Trans Health Research Lab, University of Waikato
Jaimie Veale, Director, Transgender Health Research Lab, University of Waikato
Lynda Johnston, Professor of Geography, Assistant Vice Chancellor Sustainability, University of Waikato
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The emotive and polarising language surrounding the Olympic weightlifter – and transgender rights in general – is crowding out the voices we need to hear most.


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