A female skateboarder is flipping out at transgender athletes who are allowed to compete in women’s events — saying it’s costing her thousands of dollars in prize money.
“I am sick of being bullied into silence,” Taylor Silverman, 27, complained on Instagram Wednesday, already landing more than 17,000 likes, as well as a flurry of attacks accusing her of being transphobic.
Silverman, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, complained that she has competed in “three different contests with trans women, two of which I placed second.”
“A biological man with a clear advantage won the women’s division, best trick, and also won multiple qualifiers,” Silverman wrote in the message.
“This took away the opportunity that was meant for women to place and earn money,” she wrote to Red Bull Senior Sports Marketing Manager Erich Dummer.
In her post, Silverman detailed how Gallagher — whom she did not name — took home a total of “$5,000 of the prize money meant for the female athletes.’
“I deserved to place first, be acknowledged for my win, and get paid,” she said, complaining that she “was ignored” by Red Bull.
Silverman received a steady stream of supportive messages, with some calling for boycotts of events where trans skaters competed.
“I’m proud of you for speaking up!” another sketboarder told her. “Live your truth, and always stand for what you believe in, just as everyone else should.”
However, she was also thrashed in a flood of angry messages accusing her of being a sore loser and transphobic.
“‘I’m not a transphobe’ says transphobe, after tagging every transphobe they can think of in their transphobic post,” one person wrote.
Piers Morgan — who interviewed Silverman on his new TV show Thursday — said that “the abuse that she got from the trans community was appalling.”
Blogger Christina Buttons tweeted that “the amount of vitriol Taylor Silverman has received is exactly why more women don’t come forward when biological males enter their sports category.”
“Every hour, 100’s of abusive comments come in for every few offering support,” she noted.
She called Silverman “incredibly brave for speaking up to defend her sports category. Not many can tolerate the onslaught of abuse she’s endured.”
Some of the support she did get, however, should help her — with blogger Tim Pool saying his Timcast “will gladly cover the difference and grant Taylor Silverman the $2250 difference lost.”
“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,” Pool tweeted.
Neither Gallagher nor Red Bull appear to have responded to the criticism. Red Bull did not immediately respond to requests for comment.