Jun 16, 2022 • 40M

Taylor Silverman on being a female skateboarder and standing up for fair competition in her sport

In this episode, I speak with Taylor Silverman, who went public with her concerns about competing against a self-identified transwoman at a RedBull skate contest.

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Meghan Murphy
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Taylor Silverman was forced to take on the woke mob after she lost first place to a male competitor in a RedBull skateboarding competition. Lillian Gallagher, who identifies as a "transwoman," took first place. In an Instagram post, Taylor wrote:

"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 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.

I deserved to be placed 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.”

Taylor included her message to Redbull Senior Sports Marketing Manager Erich Dummer in the post, which read:

“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.

What happened was unfair and at the time I was too uncomfortable to speak up. 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. I now realize it’s really important for me to speak up and I’d like to schedule a time to talk.”

This interview was recorded on June 2nd.