JayCee Cooper has been an athlete for most of her life. As a teenager, she made it to the World Junior Curling Championships in 2007. Later, after she came out as transgender, she joined a roller derby team. Now, she’s a powerlifter who trains five days a week, in her basement gym.
But despite her experience and training regimen, the country’s leading powerlifting organization, USA Powerlifting, doesn’t want her to compete — because it says that would be unfair to other athletes competing in the women’s category.
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