Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Trans Golfer Settles Lawsuit Over LPGA, LDA Ban

Professional Golfer Lana Lawless
From The New York Times:
Lana Lawless, the transgender woman who sued the L.P.G.A. and the Long Drivers of America last October challenging their rule that competitors be “female at birth,” has settled her case, her lawyer said. Lawless, 57, won the world long-drive title in 2008 but was later ruled ineligible after Long Drivers of America, which oversees the competition, changed its rules to bar transgender competitors. She was prevented from competing in the L.P.G.A. because of a similar rule.
After she filed her lawsuit, both bodies lifted their bans, bringing them in line with several other international sports bodies that permit transgender competitors, including the International Olympic Committee and the United States Golf Association. In a joint statement from Lawless and the two organizations, the L.P.G.A. and the L.D.A. denied violating any laws or engaging in wrongdoing.

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