Transgender females competing against natural born females in sports still continues to be a controversial situation. Although transgender female athletes allegedly have hormone levels similar to that of a natural born female, some people still point to other natural advantages they would have, because of things that can’t be changed such as bone structure.
Those gripes are at the center piece of many reactions to Transgender MMA Fighter Alana McLaughlin beating cisgender female Celine Provost in a MMA debut match. The match was over in the second round after Alana McLaughlin overpowered Celine Provost in a choke hold causing her to submit. Celine Provost did catch her with a few good punches in the first round.
Who Was Alana McLaughlin Before Becoming a Transgendered MMA Fighter?
Before changing genders Alana McLaughlin was a man serving in U.S. Army Special Forces, but even back then it’s alleged the feelings of being a women were there. Considering how transphobic the Army is said to be, it was real brave to willingly be in the environment while feeling like a woman on the inside.
Take a look at this before and after picture of Alana McLaughlin’s transformation.
Before her match against Celine Provost, Alana McLaughlin had to pass a hormone panel test conducted by the Florida State Boxing Commission. In that sense the match was fair, but there are still some people out there who would say there is a natural advantage for someone who used to be a man.
Nevertheless congrats to Alan McLaughlin on her historic win.
Author: JordanThrilla Staff