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CrossFit

Sued By Transgender Athlete

You Wont' Let Me Compete With Women!

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

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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."

Boom. 

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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31.

Cromulent    

Way to go CrossFit!

230 days ago
32.

lcmb    

This "woman" is ridiculous. She has the bone/muscle structure of a male.

Hint: Just because you choose to cut off your weiner, doesn't mean that the world revolves around your decision.

230 days ago
33.

3Storms    

HE is a mentally ill DUDE. They don't owe it to HIM to cater to HIS fetish

230 days ago
34.

Ron Fing Swanson    

You're still a dude, dude.

230 days ago
35.

Reganlicious    

Having been through the transition myself, I can attest to the fact that your body strength, muscle density, stamina, and overall metabolism catastrophically declines. It's not about unfair advantage, it's about wanting to be treated the way others are treated. Jesus.

230 days ago
36.

Pimp Daddy    

DNA says YOU ARE A MAN! How hard is that to understand.Just because you have mental issues is not our problem.If a cat barked we wouldn't call it a dog.The DMV will not let you slap bmw emblems on a honda and register it as a bmw.I am so sick of the freaks in the world.Time to put them in there place.

230 days ago
37.

mariana    

nothing wrong on been trangender o anything that makes you a better person, but crossfit is right men are stronger that woman, no matter if you have a penis or not, so will be unfair

230 days ago
38.

3Storms    

You can't reassign that "Y" chromosome. You'll never be a woman. It's true. I guess stone cold biological facts are intolerant.

230 days ago
39.

DethHammer    

"she was born with a penis"...WTF

230 days ago
40.

stinky mcgee    

When in doubt - go with the DNA.

230 days ago
41.

boo boo    

I'm not sure what that person is and my confusion has more to do with body "art" than chromosomes. Also, dudes who compete in cross fit are gay.....not homosexual gay......"gay" gay.

230 days ago
42.

garwilly     

I hope cutting off your di€k was worth it

230 days ago
43.

plum    

you can change all the external parts you want, and take all the drugs you want to "change" yourself That's all well and good,
but in the end you are born what you are.... i'm sorry "m'am" but you are a male no matter how much you don't want to be.

230 days ago
44.

Lala    

I'm all for the rights of the LGBT community, but this is the one topic I draw the line and do not agree with the "victim" of this.

It would be a physical advantage if he were in the women's category, period. All the women would be in uproar if he was allowed to participate in their category. It's not about the fact that we don't view him as a woman and leading a lifestyle as one -- it's that she still has the same genetic makeup and hormones running through her as a man by default and even with taking estrogen or other blockers you would still have more of those levels than other women and other attributes we lack in, it's just a passive trait you have that you can't get rid of. End of story. It does not stop you from doing other endeavors or entering the mens field. And the field is so strict about competitors taking performance drugs, you really think they'd let you get your wish? Because if you get your way, you're being very unfair to the women in your category. AGAIN -- Unfair to the sporting field, but the world is slowly recognizing your standing as a woman in other categories. I was with the victim of the beauty pagent debacle but I won't agree to this one bit.

I wonder if this gal knows this is a trivial lawsuit because it really is a desperate moneygrab -- perhaps because of the growing support for LGBT rights. Which is a GOOD thing that we are demanding more rights and recognition for them, but leave it out of sports for OBVIOUS reasons! It's only this particular topic I have beef with, I'm down with LGBT having equal rights in every other aspect. Hope you can understand, sorry love. Xx

230 days ago
45.

ryan    

Hes gonna win the law suit cuz everyone is so scared of hurting the lgbt ppls feelings. Mutilating your genitals does not make u a woman.

230 days ago
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