An enraged skateboarder accused Red Bull of sponsoring a contest where she took second place after her trance rival.
Taylor Silverman claims that she and other cisgender competitors were at a disadvantage from officials at the Red Bull Cornerstone competition, where she took second place and received a prize of $ 2,750.
Trans-skateboarder Lillian Gallagher won $ 5,000 for first place and victory in two separate divisions – the money that Silverman said should have been given to her.
Silverman, who has been skateboarding for 11 years, said that when she tried to turn to officials to “do the right thing, even if it’s not popular,” she was ignored.
“I deserved to take the first place, get recognition for my victory and salary. I reached out to Redbull and was ignored. I’m tired of being mocked to be silent, “Silverman wrote in an Instagram post in which he mentioned the right-wingers Ben Shapiro and Candas Owens.
The post provoked a lot of reactions: users asked Silverman to be more sympathetic to transsexuals, while others attacked her, saying she just needed to get better at skateboarding.
Silverman’s claims were voiced during an escalating national debate over whether transgender people should participate in traditional categories of women and men in sports.
It is unknown in which city the competition was held. DailyMail.com turned to Silverman and Red Bull for comment.
Taylor Silverman (pictured) claims she and other cisgender competitors were turned down by officials at the Red Bull Cornerstone competition, where she finished second and received a $ 2,750 award.
Trans-skateboarder Lillian Gallagher (pictured) won $ 5,000 for first place and victory in two separate divisions – money that, according to Silverman, should have been given to her
“I deserved to take the first place, get recognition for my victory and salary. I reached out to Redbull and was ignored. I’m tired of being mocked to be silent, “Silverman wrote in a message on Instagram
It is unknown in which city the competition was held. DailyMail.com turned to Silverman and Red Bull for comment
“My name is Taylor Silverman. I am an athlete. I have been skateboarding for eleven years and have been competing for several years, ”Silverman wrote in a controversial post that garnered more than 14,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
She continued: “I participated in three different competitions with trans women, in two of which I took second place.”
“In the last series of competitions I did for Redbull, I took second place. The trans competitor who won received $ 1,000 in qualifying, $ 2,000 in the final and $ 1,000 for the best trick.
“It was $ 5,000 of the prize money intended for female athletes.”
Silverman further added that she received a total of $ 2,750, and “whoever took third place” lost the award because of Gallagher’s participation in the competition.
Instagram users attacked Silverman, criticizing her skateboarding skills and insulting her performance.
“HIS ALSO WOMEN’S SOUND motto, not” female “genitals, does not play a role in the Red Bull contest,” wrote user @skatescrum.
Another user wrote, “It’s not that deep. It should be your motivation to skate better so that they set the bar higher ”.
Some further said that “Silverman’s biological flaw was her mind.”
“I completely disagree and cannot support it. Take L and continue your day, maybe try to practice more and you will be able to compete with anyone, ”another user wrote.
Silverman has been skating for 11 years, she said in a statement
She said that when she tried to appeal to officials to “do the right thing, even if it’s not popular”, she was ignored
“This argument is transphobic and shows what type of person you are.”
Rarely have people supported Silverman’s decision to share his experience in a competition.
Instagram user Corey Kenyon wrote, “It’s good that you spoke to Taylor! support you. Please try to keep in mind that the Internet is not an accurate picture of reality, so the abuses you get here are not the voice of others.
“The vast majority of people, even in the most liberal areas, agree with what you are saying here. I am very sorry that you are insulted for this. “
Silverman claims she turned to Red Bull in hopes that someone would address her concerns that the competition was unfair, but she received no response.
“The biological man with a clear advantage won the women’s division, the best trick, and also won several qualifying competitions. This has deprived women of the opportunity to place and earn money, ”she wrote in an email.
Silverman’s claims come after a series of bills aimed at transgender youth this year, including measures banning gender identity discussions in the classroom, blocking access to health services to help young people move, and restricting sports.
Instagram users attacked Silverman, criticizing her skateboarding skills and insulting her performance
Some went on to say that “Silverman’s biological flaw was her mind.”
Rarely have people supported Silverman’s decision to share his experience in a competition
Republican-backed legislation is being passed in the run-up to the 2022 by-elections, and transgender rights are becoming a major front of cultural wars in America.
In Arizona. Governor Doug Dussey has signed a law banning transgender girls from playing in girls ’sports teams in public and private schools.
Meanwhile, the Kentucky legislature, overcoming the veto of Democratic Gov. Andy Beshir, passed a law banning trans women and girls from participating in school sports teams from grades 6 to 12, as well as colleges and universities in Kentucky.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has vetoed a bill banning trans-girls from playing school sports for girls. Republican leaders in the legislature have vowed to repeal this.
Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill requiring student-athletes to join a school sports team based on “gender at birth” in public and private schools, as well as in higher education.
Kansas Governor Lori Kelly’s veto on a bill banning transgender women and girls from participating in school sports will continue.
Proponents of the bill did not get the two-thirds majority needed in the state House to overturn the veto of the governor-Democratic party, which essentially deprived the bill, despite state senators voting to overcome the veto.
Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah are among the other states that have passed a law banning transgender people from playing sports in the gender category with which they identify.