A female skateboarder who lost a Red Bull-sponsored competition to a biological male is speaking out against Red Bull for ignoring her complaints about the unfairness of biological women being forced to compete against “transgender women.”
In an Instagram post published Tuesday, skateboarder Taylor Silverman revealed that thanks to Red Bull allowing a biological male to compete in its latest Red Bull Cornerstone contest, she and her female peers were denied the prestige and money they’d earned.
“My name is Taylor Silverman. I am a female athlete. I have been skateboarding for eleven years and competing for several years. I have been in three different contests with trans women, two of which I placed second. At the last contest series I did for Redbull, I placed second,” the post reads.
“The trans competitor who won took $1000 in qualifiers, $3000 in finals, and $1000 in best trick. This totaled to $5000 of the prize money meant for the female athletes. I took $1000 in qualifiers and $1750 for second place, so $2750 in total. The girl who took third received $750. The girl who deserved $1000 for best trick took nothing along with whoever would have placed third.”
She concluded the post by saying that she’d deserved to place first and be paid accordingly. She also revealed that she’d tried to reach out to Red Bull, but to no avail.
“I deserved to place first, be acknowledged for my win, and get paid. I reached out to Redbull and was ignored. I am sick of being bullied into silence,” she wrote.
View the post below:
Also included in the post is a screenshot of the email that she’d sent to Red Bull.
“I am reaching out in hopes of being directed to the right person to express my concerns about what occurred at the Redbull Cornerstone contest with the transgender competitor in the women’s division. … 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 reads.
“What happened was unfair and at the time I was too uncomfortable to speak up. I understand that in todays society even some women think this is acceptable, but I believe in doing the right thing even if it’s not the popular thing. I now realize it’s really important for me to speak up and I’d like to schedule a time to talk.”
It’s not clear when exactly the race occurred. What’s known is that Silverman lost to Lillian Gallagher, a biological male.
What’s also known is that biological men competing against biological women has become a major issue in American culture and politics.
Democrats, for their part, stand entirely with the transgender community, whereas Republicans stand entirely with biological women. Centrists meanwhile tend to be split with some siding with the transgender community, and others like commentator Tim Pool siding with women.
Pool is of particular note because he’s offered to pay Silverman the money that was denied to her by Red Bull:
Timcast will gladly cover the difference and grant Taylor Silverman the $2250 difference lost due to placing behind a male athlete
We will also be willing to cover the total lost revenue for the female athletes who would have placed higher were it not for the male athlete https://t.co/4W0V9rkgfQ
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) May 18, 2022
What’s also known is that Silverman is being inundated with hate from the pro-transgender community. Ever since she uploaded the Instagram post on Tuesday, critics have been peppering her posts with insults and smears.
For instance, one post containing a picture of Silverman in a bathing suit features critics saying she’s “built like a man.” Another post containing a video of her skating features critics mocking her alleged lack of skill.
Many people responding to Silverman’s post are calling her transphobic, a sore loser, and advise her to simply get better at skateboarding. pic.twitter.com/NenxpMKj71
— Colin Wright (@SwipeWright) May 18, 2022
Silverman is facing some of the same on Twitter.
@tmsilverman skill issue, get better, if you cant handle losing then competitive sports arent for you
— Lexiiiiiii | 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈🌹 (@Lexiiiiiii01) May 20, 2022
Conservatives are natural-born losers. Keep losing.
— Battlexe Princess 🪓👑 🔞 🌈🍖 🇺🇦 (@BatlaxePrincess) May 20, 2022
Congratulations @tmsilverman ! You now have hundreds of people misgendering a trans woman. I have a knuckle sandwich prepared for anyone who calls trans women “biological males”. Pretty much every tweet about Taylor Silverman is in support of her transphobic rhetoric. Help.
— Sam ⓥ (@not_reallysam) May 19, 2022
Notice how the latter tweet contains an explicit threat of violence.
Incidentally, zero establishment media outlets, including The Washington Post, have reported Silverman’s concerns about competing against biological men or raised concerns of their own about the hate she’s now facing.
Note that the Post has a habit of conflating mere criticism against its so-called “journalists” with outright harassment.
Despite the hate Silverman’s facing, it does appear that the vast majority of people support her:
@tmsilverman You are very brave to stand up for yourself and other female athletes in your field! Don’t let these nut jobs bully you! Stand your ground and remember you have an army of support behind you!
— Inked Latina (@Inked_Latina13) May 19, 2022
@tmsilverman I am with you I support your cause,it is very unfair what is happening with all the women in sports competitions with the transgender,they should compete in another category and not with all the women!!
— Godofredo de Bouillon 🇺🇦🇲🇽🇪🇸 (@g_bouillon) May 19, 2022
Just want to say that @tmsilverman is an amazing and brave woman. You have more support than you can guess at.
— Snorkmaiden (@TheMooMel) May 19, 2022
Taylor has 100% of my support. A brave person as well as a top tier female athlete. 🤝❤️
— mister (@misterhunt on GETTR) (@mister_hunt) May 19, 2022
This isn’t surprising given that polling data has shown that a majority of Americans believe transgender athletes should only be allowed to compete against those who share their biological gender.
Specifically, a Gallup poll conducted last year found that a 62 percent majority of Americans, including 63 percent of Independents and even 41 percent of Democrats, believe as such.
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