This case is complex, especially for the liberal crowd. A transgender woman named Lana Lawless is suing the LPGA for discrimination as they won’t allow her/him to play since she/he wasn’t “born” female.
The intended outcome of this suit is to force the LPGA and the LDA to change their unlawful practices or be precluded from operating within California and other states, such as New York, which prohibit discrimination based on sexual reassignment.
Former SWAT team member
Lana is a former SWAT team member and won a Re/Max ladies’ long drive contest back in 2008. Shortly after “Lawless” won the long drive win in 2008, the Re/Max LDA championship changed their rules to mirror the LPGA “born female” rule.
Lawless’ attorney’s statement
Lawless’ attorney (yes that is quite a pun) had this to say:
California’s civil rights laws prevent discrimination against all minorities, including transgender persons. The LPGA and LDA operate a number of high profile qualifying events and tournaments in California which are highly lucrative to their sponsors.
There are a handful of states which protect the civil rights of transgender persons. The intended outcome of this suit is to force the LPGA and the LDA to change their unlawful practices or be precluded from operating within California and other states, such as New York, which prohibit discrimination based on sexual reassignment. They will have to choose between continuing with their tournaments or their discrimination.
I have traveled a long road to get to where I am now, a place where I always belonged as a strong, proud, capable woman. I am, in all respects, legally, and physically female. The State of California recognizes me as such and the LPGA should not be permitted to come into California and blatantly violate my rights. I just want to have the same opportunity to play professional golf as any other woman.
So what is your take?
Despite the fact that this individual is “legally” female or maybe even legally blond, I don’t think it is fair for someone who was born male, has male muscle and body structure and strength, to compete against the women. It is an unfair advantage. That particular advantage however, doesn’t help someone make a knee knocker 3-foot putt.
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