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Posted on 12/02/2010 11:13:30 AM PST by jessduntno
ORLANDO, Fla. -LPGA players have voted to allow transgender players to compete on tour in response to a lawsuit filed by a California woman who had her sex changed five years ago.
The players voted to remove the "female at birth" requirement from the tour's constitution at a year-end meeting at the LPGA Tour Championship, commissioner Michael Whan said. He said steps will be taken in the coming weeks to make the change.
Lana Lawless, a former police officer who had the sex change operation, filed the federal lawsuit in San Francisco in October claiming the "female at birth" requirement violated California's civil rights law. The 57-year-old Lawless wanted to prevent the LPGA from conducting tournaments in the state until it changed its policy and was seeking unspecified damages.
Lawless also sued three tour sponsors and the Long Drivers of America, which followed the LPGA policy. Lawless won the annual women's long-drive golf championship in 2008 with a 254-yard drive, but was barred from competing this year after organizers adopted the LPGA's gender rules.
"I think it is a major civil rights victory," Christopher Dolan, an attorney for Lawless, told The Associated Press in a phone interview Wednesday. "We are pleased that the LPGA has voted to end this archaic and outdated policy."
Dolan cautioned that the final changes are not expected for a couple weeks. But he was optimistic the LPGA's amended policy would allow complete access for transgenders.
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yuck, never mind.
?PGA shall be their new acronym!
Better to ask Billy Jean King.
Did he change his inherent muscular structure as well?
“? Better to ask Billy Jean King.”
Wasn’t he a tennis player?
They are not women.
There goes any chance for naturally-born females to complete.
All of a sudden there will be a slew of “women” who can bench 340 and knock a golf ball 100 yards beyond even the strongest natural born woman can.
Now wait for this to hit tennis, softball and volleyball and that is it for naturally born females in professional or college sports.
>>?? Better to ask Billy Jean King.
Wasnt he a tennis player?<<
That was Renee Richards...
Notice that this violated the California civil rights law. This law was passed a few years ago which requires transgender people to be protected by the state. Of course, California always votes Democrat. What do you expect.
Be careful what you ask for - you might get it.
You mean the William Brothers ?
I think the LPGA should stand for Lower Professional Golf Association. Let it be like a minor league for men (and any women who can compete) and essentially bring an end to this sexist bigotry.
Who wants to see women golf, besides lesbians, anyways?
I used to enjoy watching the East German women’s track and field team. Most of them looked like Ray Nitschke.
“That was Renee Richards...”
Don’t you mean Wrenay Ritchhards?
"Good luck -- and may the best man win!"
I mentioned it on another thread, but this subject has already come up in the sport of fencing.
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