Female competitive powerlifter April Hutchinson was briefly featured in a Canadian museum exhibit entitled, “Resilient London: Meet Your Neighbours.” The point of the exhibit was to detail how various locals had surmounted obstacles and found joy in achievement.
Hutchinson was a natural choice for the exhibit. After all, she successfully overcame addiction, excelled as a female powerlifter, and refused to back down despite an onslaught of attacks from radical activists.
However, upon realizing that Hutchinson was critical of the invasion of women’s sports by middling male athletes,
Museum London in London, Ontario, wrote the female athlete out of its history.
Although upset by the removal of her feature and the museum’s accompanying denunciation, Hutchinson
told Reduxx she is not backing down in the fight over the integrity of her sport.
“I will not lie to myself,” said Hutchinson. “I will not play charades and I will not give in to delusional thinking.”
What’s the background?
One of the more egregious cases that prompted Hutchinson to speak out involved male competitor Anne Andres, who
destroyed all of his female competitors at the Canadian Powerlifting Union’s 2023 Western Canadian Championship with a combined score of 1,317 pounds — 450 pounds more than the female runner-up.
Andres, who has only been identifying as a female powerlifter since 2020, has
placed first in eight out of the 10 competitions he has participated in since January 2020.
called Andres’ denigration of women and participation in women’s powerlifting “disheartening.” She noted in a Daily Mail op-ed that her “boyfriend could basically walk in tomorrow, identify as female, compete, and then the next day, go back to being a man again. No proof, no ID required, just basically going on how you feel that day or whatever gender you want to it.”
Hutchinson figured her union might “com[e] to its senses”; however, the Canadian Powerlifting Union, acting on a complaint from Andres, recently dashed those hopes, seeking instead to shut her up.
In early October, Hutchinson appeared on “Piers Morgan Uncensored,” telling the titular host the Canadian Powerlifting Union was threatening her with suspension for pointing out a transvestite was indeed a man.
Weeks later, Hutchinson
indicated on X that she received notice from the CPU indicating she faces a two-year ban for speaking out against “the unfairness of biological males being allowed to taunt female competitors & loot their winnings.”
“Apparently, I have failed in my gender-role duties as ‘supporting actress’ in the horror show that is my sport right now,” wrote Hutchinson. “Naturally, the CPU deemed MY written (private) complaint of the male bullying to be ‘frivolous and vexatious.'”
Hutchinson has indicated she’s appealing the suspension.
First canceled, then erased
Days after learning she was facing a multiyear ban from the CPU, Hutchinson received a letter from the executive director of the London Museum,
Julie Bevan, indicating her feature was being removed from the months-long exhibit, reported Reduxx.
The Nov. 10 letter, signed by the museum’s executives, reportedly indicated the removal was prompted by Hutchinson’s media appearances — where she spoke against transvestites competing in women’s sports. Bevan’s letter further accused Hutchinson of “denying” the existence of “transgender women” and issuing comments harmful to the “2SLGBTQI community.”
The letter reportedly insinuated that Hutchinson had violated the Ontario Human Rights code, noting, “Misgendering someone intentionally is a form of discrimination.”
told Canadian state media, “I’m highly disappointed and very hurt. My exhibit was me telling the whole world my personal struggle with alcoholism and how I beat that and I became a Team Canada powerlifter. … It had nothing to do at all with transgenders.”
“The museum is basically telling women they don’t care about us. Our safety or our sports. It’s absolutely wrong,” Hutchinson explained to Reduxx. “I am standing for truth and saying the things that 99% of society thinks. I will not lie to myself. I will not play charades and I will not give in to delusional thinking.”
Stevie Bees, a female transvestite featured in the exhibit, celebrated the museum’s decision on Meta,
writing, “I am EXTREMELY proud to be on that wall and I also want everyone to know that Trans Women ARE Women! April Hutchinson SHOULD be deplatformed for spouting garbage like this.”
Museum London’s head of marketing, Linda O’Connor, told Canadian state media, “We have no further comment on this. We take seriously our responsibility to uphold our values, promote inclusion and ensure dignity for our team, our contributors, and our audiences.”
The leftist efforts to cancel Hutchinson do not appear to have shaken her resolve.
“Women need and deserve their own sports. The female category has always been protected,” she said. “Women are fighting back and we will send a strong message: Bodies play sports, not identities.”
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