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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
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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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61.

hotandcold    

With such an unfair physical advantage it really isn't right for her to compete against women, IMO.

With her male dna upper body strength I'd be willing to bet she could easily out bench-press nearly any female on the planet.

So, because she can't get her way she's suing for 2.5 million dollars? Seriously? LOL

Team CrossFit

198 days ago
62.

sPaNkdEnALgAs    

Guess this sports gonna have to come up with a "transgendered division" somewhere down the line for these clean & jerks! Haha!

198 days ago
63.

HP    

Why not grow a pair and get over it...? Oh wait.... ;P Or compete in the men's division and show them what a "girl" can do. Either way "she's" a man. I'd be pissed as hell if I were the other women who had to compete against her in competition. It's not fair and she knows it. I'm sure half the reason she's pissed off is because she knows if she were to be allowed to compete she'd win easily. He cut his dick off , it's not like she was born a hermaphrodite and is pissed off because of actually being a woman and not being allowed to compete. If you weren't BORN a woman you aren't a woman. Don't like it? Too ****ing bad!

198 days ago
64.

DirkDiggler    

If a dude gets his junk shot off in Afghanistan can he compete with the women?

198 days ago
65.

Rogue    

The state recognizes her as a woman, she identifies as a woman, and she has had medical procedures to physically be a woman. Discriminating against her is the same as discriminating against any other woman, period. Crossfit needs to take a page from roller derby on how to include ALL women into the sport. Here is how roller derby address it in their ruleset:
Transgender or Intersex athletes who meet the definition of Female, as defined herein, are eligible to compete provided that, upon request, the athlete can produce a signed original statement, on office letterhead, from the athlete’s attending healthcare provider. The statement must include:

a. Healthcare provider’s full name;

b. Healthcare provider’s license or certificate number;

c. Issuing jurisdiction of medical license/certificate;

d. Address and telephone number of the healthcare provider;

e. Language stating that he/she is the attending healthcare provider for the athlete and that he/she has a doctor/patient relationship with the athlete; and

f. Language stating that the athlete’s sex hormones are within the medically acceptable range for a female. It is solely within the healthcare provider’s judgment to determine what range is “medically acceptable” for a female.

Companies only change when it hurts their wallets, I hope she gets all the money and then some.

198 days ago
66.

Madi    

Hmm, Trans* have been allowed to compete in the olympics in the gender they identify with since 2006, yet how many winners have been trans* if these massive advantages you all have been talking about were real, wouldn't the olympics be flooded with trans* winners?
I agree that there are some advantages to being born male, however, obviously in practice the advantages aren't that huge.

198 days ago
67.

backofftmz    

Born a man compete with men

198 days ago
68.

soright    

She needs to get more work done if she wants to look female. I mean, c'mon, that's a dude!

198 days ago
69.

MellyBaby    

Remove the penis, slap on some tits and pop some birth control. That don't make you a woman. Have a uterus and push out a kid. THAT makes you a woman. Don't get me wrong I'm a supporter of live your own life how ever boy or girl but don't try and jump the fence when you can't deny your BIRTH sex...

198 days ago
70.

soright    

S(he) is probably just a pervert who wants to be able to go into the women's showers. Ask the women how THEY feel about it!

198 days ago
71.

tgrfan42069    

ima stuff a bra and dress like a woman in hopes of fighting my way into the womens locker room at the gym

198 days ago
72.

backofftmz    

No matter who your trying to be you have male genes. Get over it

198 days ago
73.

valgjacks    

STOP misgendering her! you're correct she wasn't born a female, but she's a trans woman now. trans women ARE women too! there IS more than just one type of female. she doesn't produce testosterone and her body runs on estrogen so she doesn't have an advantage to be concerned about. respect her womanhood and her as a human being. that is insulting, embarrassing, unfair, cruel, demeaning, and unsafe for her to compete in the men's division. do your research!

198 days ago
74.

backofftmz    

Dude looks like a lady

198 days ago
75.

sting1213    

a

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