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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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46.

cHRISTINA    

I AGREE WITH CF!

199 days ago
47.

Kristin    

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 right y'all

199 days ago
48.

diane    

Gross

199 days ago
49.

boo boo    

Why does she feel damaged to the tune of $2.5 million? If you feel your rights are being violated, then sue for your rights? Why the greedy money grab? What's your damage?

199 days ago
50.

Davis    

My God these trannies are delusional. Whats next he going to sue his doctor for refusing to put him on birth control? It should be considered rape for these guys to have sex with men who don't know they've had sex changes.

199 days ago
51.

palermo    

You were born a man and you will die a man. No matter how many bolt ons or hormones you take.

199 days ago
52.

billybob    

Jeez, wanna be a Gold Medal winner at the Olympics?? No Prob: train as a man in weightlifting or so, and compete in the women competition.

This idiot should have reassigned his brain!

199 days ago
53.

KarlH    

She should ask the IOC if she can compete at the Olympics. The answer would be the same. Whilst the world may recognise her status as female when it comes to competition everyone needs to be guaranteed of a fair playing field. Unfortunately for her gender reassignment surgery does not provide that

199 days ago
54.

shanta588    

I blame Obama for even bring this bs up no matter how much medicine you take that doesn't make you a woman. Scientist can tell you all day long that taking estrogen pills make you have women emotions or whatever but I take everything they say with a grain of salt these are the same people that say white skin came from living in a colder climate for a long period of time and black skin came from living in hotter regions (impossible) they're also the same people who told us Christopher Columbus discovered america I don't believe nothing that they say because years later they always change their story let HIM compete with men like HE'S suppose to call me closed minded idgaf I'll be that.

199 days ago
55.

tucker    

You shouldn't compete with women. You are genetically a MALE which gives you a biological advantage. It's cheating and not fair to the others. The world doesn't need to adapt to your wants and needs. Grow up.

199 days ago
56.

ImSoReal    

Even in anatomy class, you can point out the differences between the skull of the male and female due to excess ridges on the skull. It would not be fair to let him compete against women.

199 days ago
57.

Amy Newman    

CrossFit will lose horribly, like they should. The 'physical' advantages of being a man come from testosterone. Since Chloie's body does not make testosterone, she does not have the body of a male. When the Judge orders a physical and blood tests, the results will yield about the same as your average female.

So sorry, you can't discriminant based on made up assumptions which aren't housed in biology. For people who are pretending to use the science card; enjoy getting bit back as the Medical community supports Chloie.

199 days ago
58.

gegeok    

Great!!!.. Bcuz he is not a woman!!

199 days ago
59.

LastOfADyingBreed    

Crossfit is lame anyways ... She's not missing anything anyways

199 days ago
60.

Bayo    

Ronda Rousey looks more like a man than this bitch. Just let her compete. She probably won't win anyway.

199 days ago
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