Skateboarder Taylor Silverman is “done being silent” about biological males competing in women’s sports.
Silverman placed second in the Red Bull Cornerstone event after being beaten by a transgender woman, and made her frustrations known to the company and the public.
The skateboarder took to Instagram to detail how she had been in three competitions with transgender women, and placed second behind them twice. She said at the most recent Red Bull competition, the trans competitor took home $1000 for the qualifying round, another $3000 for winning the finals, and $1000 for performing the best trick.
“This totaled to $5000 of the prize money meant for female athletes,” she added. “I deserved to place first, be acknowledged for my win, and get paid.”
Silverman noted that she contacted Red Bull, but was ignored. She included her email to the company in the Instagram post. “A biological man with a clear advantage won the women’s division, best trick, and also won multiple qualifiers. This took away the opportunity that was meant for women to place and earn money,” the email read.
“What happened was unfair and at the time I was too uncomfortable to speak up,” it continued. “I understand that in today’s society even some women think this is acceptable, but I believe in doing the right thing even if it’s not the popular thing.”
Silverman was blasted online for daring to share her experience. “Maybe if you were good you’d get first but you were weighed down by the transphobia,” wrote one heckler. “Taylor I hope you lose every skate contest to a trans woman for the rest of your life and look up their skirt from the second place podium, hopefully it humbles you what you see up there,” added another.
“I am done being silent,” the skateboarder tacked on to her post. “I am sick of being bullied into silence.”