Coverage of weightlifter Laurel Hubbard

Between 2018 and 2021, ABC published 30 articles and interviews about transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard. Only ONE article gave voice to women’s concerns about safety and fairness. Articles range from simple mentions that Hubbard contested a match to impassioned pronouncements about why males belong in women’s sport (9 April 2018). In a radio interview, ABC journalist Tracey Holmes states that transgender athletes are MORE LIKELY to be injured than women half their size. 20 July 2021

Save Women’s Sports and weightlifters Tracey Lambrechs and Anna Van Bellinghen were all vocal about transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard participating in the Tokyo Olympics, for example, and none were interviewed by ABC. August 2021

Deceptive impartiality:

Because transwomen have feminine names, the ABC can appear to be interviewing a balanced panel. However, Joanna Harper, Chelsea Wolfe, Grace McKenzie, Kristin Worley are all males who play in female sports. So are Hannah Mouncey, Ricki Coughlan, Caroline Layt and Roxy Tickle.

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