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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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76.

backofftmz    

Is that harveys boyfriend?

176 days ago
77.

DirkDiggler    

'She' still has the male brain. That makes her far superior at weight lifting, TV remote operating, beer drinking and general audacity.

176 days ago
78.

choke    

Everytime a story like this pops up it never fails that the brain dead f*cktards pile up their foolish comments. A lot of you sound so f*cking ignorant and are nothing but pathetic a**holes!

176 days ago
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david 183    

Looking for attention. You damn well know your a man so stop the crap. A woman couldn't have a penis cut off only a man can.

176 days ago
80.

Laura    

Last time I checked, competing in CrossFit wasn't a civil right...

176 days ago
81.

Eye roll     

Cross fit is right. Hope they stand their ground. Genetically she-man is a man. Getting implants Nd having your penis chopped off does not change how you were born

176 days ago
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tequilaciroc    

Just because he had surgery to become a woman he was born a Man. physically he's a Man. Her body type is a Man and regardless of what kind of surgery he had she was born a man and should not be able to compete with women. it's not fair to the women who were born women. He will have an advantage because he was born a man

176 days ago
83.

jsimp    

i agree w CF....he, she, it still has the muscle structure of a man!!

176 days ago
84.

david 183    

If you can have a baby you can join the race. How about that Mr Johnson.

176 days ago
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Jed    

I agree with CrossFit and think they stated their case well. They still welcome her, just not for this competition. Perhaps a competition with others in her category?

176 days ago
86.

Richard    

Men are physically stronger and faster than women. End of discussion. The Reason ELITE Women are given an earlier start time in Marathons (IE: Boston) is because even the average Male running is still faster then them. This was done so those average male runners would not slow down and stick with the Elite Female runners to hog face time on TV with the media following the Elite Females.

176 days ago
87.

Jamey Hunter    

I agree with Cross Fit. Sorry, not a woman, just a wannabe.

176 days ago
88.

backofftmz    

He he he he he him him him him

176 days ago
89.

DirkDiggler    

It's only fair. Chaz Bono is competing with the guys.

176 days ago
90.

Amy Newman    

So you guy's are perfectly fine with a female to male trans person whose full of testosterone to compete against the girls? Good to know!

176 days ago
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