Luna Lawless
Transgender Woman Sues LPGA
By Kickntrue on 10/13/10
Born a male. Legally now a female. The LPGA says you must be born female to participate. Lawsuit ensues.
Lana Lawless, a transgender woman and the 2008 Women’s Long Drive Association (LDA) winner, has filed suit against the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the LDA for violation of her civil rights. Lawless, a professional golfer, applied to join the LPGA’s qualifying events in order to be eligible to join the tour; however, the LPGA rejected her application based on its rules that require all players, to qualify and compete, must be born female.

Lawless, a former male special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team member, has undergone a complete gender reassignment and is legally female. The suit, filed late October 12, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (CV 104599), claims that the LPGA and its sponsor CVS have engaged in discrimination based on sex/transgender status in violation of California’s landmark UNHRU anti-discrimination law which protects transgender persons from discrimination in the provision of goods, services and contracts.

The suit also claims that, after Lawless won the Re/Max Woman’s LDA championship, the LDA changed its rules to exclude her from participating in future contests by adopting the LPGA’s “born female” requirement.
I wanted to post this, because it's interesting, and news, but I'm not sure I want to dip my toes too far into this one.

For what it's worth (not much), I personally don't think she should be allowed, but at the same time- I think I may let her play. I'm not calling this a publicity stunt on her part, but I don't think she's the next LPGA star either. Q-School is one of the hardest, most intense golf tournaments that exist- and the chances of her making it through Q-School are VERY slim. Let her play. Avoid the trouble. She'll probably fail out anyway.

Please be respectful with your opinions in the comments. Anything ugly will be deleted.

Thanks.

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bducharm says:
I agree with you first comments, I would not let her play but I can see the powers that be at LPGA HQ going, "but what IF she makes it"....maybe this is what the LPGA needs to boost ratings. Just a thought there.
10/13/10
 
birdieXris says:
I dont' think there's any way the LPGA or LDA would be worried about a precedent here would they? I mean, i don't forsee a bunch of guys who golf and couldnt' make the PGA going out and getting operations to compete on the LPGA. I think they should let her play. I also think Andrew is right and she'll fail out anyway.
10/13/10
 
Kickntrue says:
@birdieXris- I think precedent is definitely the "concern." Lawless is 57 years old- so despite not playing competitive golf, the difficulty of Q School, etc... a 57 year old just don't win. Sorry.
10/13/10
 
birdieXris says:
@kick- yea that's true. They come close but not win. There's also a huge difference in actually playing and hitting the ball a long way. Of course she'd probably sweep the Long drives. She's still, base biology speaking here, a man. She's got man's muscle density and no offense to the girls here, but i don't know many top women that can compete with top men in the strength department. There's exceptions to the rule, but all i'm saying is that she's going to hit it a lot harder than the other ladies. That being said, she just won't have the game at that age to compete on tour. Hell, i'd still watch a tournament though to see how she did first time around. wouldn't that be some shizzle if she won the suit, could compete, and swept the field by like 10 strokes. LOL. i wonder what the public outcry would be then.
10/13/10
 
dottomm says:
@BirdieXris -- LOL. Maybe then a bunch of Guys who can't make the PGA *would* go out and get sex changes. Nothing surprises me anymore.
10/13/10
 
Backquak says:
It seems unfair to let HER play, and it seems unsportsmanlike that HE would want to compete, but I don't think SHE could win either, and the hazing and ridicule would cut HIS career short.
10/13/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Where else is she/he gonna go professionally?
U think the PGA will take her/him?
I say you got no "Y" chromosome, u a girl. Whichever team jersey u wear.
10/13/10
 
tennesseeboy says:
This reminds me of the case in 2001 where Casey Martin sued the PGA over it's rule prohibiting riding in a cart. He said he should be exempt because of his disability. The supreme court ruled in his favour.

I think you can legally become a women without getting any equipment removed. If she wins the case, it might be easier than you think to join the LPGA.
10/13/10
 
c5agalb says:
She can play in the GLBT Golf Association, or she could pioneer it if there is none.
10/13/10
 
TeT says:
This happened a few (maybe 10) years ago also. That "person" also was denied and tossed about on his/her ear by the LPGA... No sense backtracking now...
10/13/10
 
Swingem says:
"Anything ugly will be deleted" - Apparently the LPGA feels the same way.
10/13/10
 
Banker85 says:
i dont see how it would be fair since like birdiexris said biologically she is still a man, I mean some women could beef up and be stronger thatn her no doubt but just seems off to me.

In the end i would like to see her try and see what happens. Very unusual indeed. Why not go for the PGA?
10/13/10
 
birdieXris says:
@Swingem - i see what you did there.
10/13/10
 
Derfargin says:
I don't understand, if LPGA rules state "You must be born female" to compete then what is up for debate? Wasn't like the rule was changed after he/she had gender reassignment surgery. Can't change the rules just because you decide you don't want to be male anymore. On the other hand I see no reason why he/she shouldn't be allowed to play on the mens tour as a female.
10/13/10
 
SingleDigits says:
What about the rare case when someone is born with both sex organs? What does the LPGA say about that?
10/13/10
 
kregan says:
Not one joke about her ball... Smash Factor?
10/13/10
 
Banker85 says:
that is what i was thinking SingleDigits
10/13/10
 
Pappybro says:
The Renee Richards of golf?
10/13/10
 
tennesseeboy says:
I cried while watching a chick flick the other night. Does that mean I can play the red tee now?
10/13/10
 
Backquak says:
tennesseeboy... time to turn in the man card, and yes go ahead and play the forward tees, we don't want another pants around the ankles incident like when you fail to hit it past.
10/13/10
 
cjgiant says:
So if you work the other way, born a woman, but take testosterone and whatever else it takes to become a man, are you allowed? You *were* "born a woman", although the understood but undocumented (in this blog) rule may be "and still be one".
10/13/10
 
cpercy says:
Well I think sHE should be allowed to play but without balls or a putter.
10/13/10
 
Trav says:
This new ruke also stops anyone whose name was changed to "Sally" for leaving their putts short from applying to the LPGA.

But seriously, there are lots of biological anomalies in the world, and IMO this new rule should, and will, be struck down. If the LPGA Tour is worried about a 57 year old never was, it's in serious trouble. Besides, she might generate some fan interest, which they could surely use.
10/13/10
 
Matt F says:
@cpercy - Nice innuendo...I like it!
10/14/10
 
ppinkert says:
Let her play.. It's a new day and new time.
10/14/10
 
snkli says:
Women can and have played in PGA events e.g. Annika Sorenstam in 2003 at the Bank of America Colonial and Michelle Wie at the 2008 Reno-Tahoe Open. But someone who has legally gone through the process to become female, physically/emotionally/legally etc … can’t play in the LPGA?
10/14/10
 
falcon50driver says:
Hit the ball ALICE.
10/14/10
 
Duke of Hazards says:
lol @ percy
10/15/10
 
falcon50driver says:
If a woman's name is Alice, and she leaves a putt short, what do you say to her?
10/17/10
 
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