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Sued By Transgender Athlete

You Wont' Let Me Compete With Women!

3/6/2014 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A transgender woman is going to war with CrossFit -- claiming the fitness titans refused to let her compete in the women's division at the upcoming CrossFit Games because she was born with a penis ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 MILLION lawsuit against CF -- claiming she underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman by the State of California.

But when Chloie -- 5'4", 151 lbs -- asked the powers that be about competing in the Games with the ladies, she was shot down hard. 

In fact, TMZ Sports obtained a letter from CrossFit to Chloie in which the CF pulled no punches -- "We have simply ruled that based upon [Chloie] being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men's Division."

CF argues ... "The fundamental, ineluctable fact is that a male competitor who has a sex reassignment procedure still has a genetic makeup that confers a physical and physiological advantage over women."

But in the letter, CF gets aggressive -- saying, "Our decision has nothing to do with 'ignorance' or being bigots -- it has to do with a very real understanding of the human genome, of fundamental biology, that you are either intentionally ignoring or missed in high school."


Chloie says CF is full of crap -- claiming the company is violating her civil rights by not letting her compete as a woman ... and she wants at least $2.5 million to make things right. 

For its part, CrossFit says transgendered athletes will be "welcomed with open arms in this community, but what we will not waver from is our commitment to ensure the fairness of the competition."


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harvey is racist    

knock it off clown

you're a full and grown ass man pretending to be a woman..

how are you going to compete with real women..go sit in the corner or start a competition for other transexuals.

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Dingo Ate My Baby    

She/He is recognized by California but not by Nature.

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wow she used to be a he? shes hot! her doc did good work.

234 days ago

Seriously wtf    

Agree with Crossfit. Wonder how people would feel if it were the other way around - a transgender from female to male wanting to fight in the men's division?

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It's clear from these comments that people are so uneducated as to the rights that individuals have in the USA against large corporations that make up policies that discriminate!! Discrimination is wrong in any form and I wish Chloie luck!!

234 days ago


Sounds like a personal problem.

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So lets say a member of the "Furry" community identifies as a pomeranian. Can they sue the Westminster Dog show for not being able to compete? Equal rights y'all!

234 days ago


Cross Fit should win. Her body looks like a man. Her muscles were born as a man and would have a unfair advantage. I think this person who is suing should pay for Cross Fit lawyers.

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It's a Dude!!! Just because a guy puts some make up on, and a few hormones, still make IT a dude... He still pee's standing up.... It's not a girl, and will never be a girl.

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When sex reassignment surgery is performed, the body contains more estrogen than testosterone, I've seen many female cross fit athletes that look hellaciously more masculine and muscular than her. That plus the fact she is now legally a female and has the vagina to prove it should be enough for her to compete. Sounds to me like sometimes is scurred this gal may come in and whip some butt at the games.

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Once a biological male undergoes puberty, irreversible changes occur that give him a physiological advantage over women, such as increased bone density, increased oxygen muscle saturation capacity, and increased muscle firing. These changes are not reversed by removing the testes (i.e decreasing testosterone) or by taking estrogen. This is not a gender issue. This is about having an unfair advantage. Biological women have a right to compete against other women who are all on an even playing field. I'm female and I fight in mixed-martial arts and there is a transgender woman fighting women, which I do not agree with. Start a transgender division and compete on an evening playing field with other transgender women, don't sue CrossFit for enforcing fairness. You're basically suing them because they won't give you an unfair advantage over biological women and that's despicable.

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234 days ago


Chloe, start the transgendered games, seriously.

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