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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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91.

BigSamStewart    

Nice jugs for a fella

146 days ago
92.

Octavia    

In California, business establishments that serve the public cannot discriminate based on someone's gender identity or gender expression.

-Cal Civ. Code § 51(b)

"Boom" yourself, TMZ

146 days ago
93.

DirkDiggler    

If she smells like a woman, she can compete with the women. If she smells like a dude, all bets are off. Dudes have our own funk.... It's science.

146 days ago
94.

Nfsgirl    

Good for cross fit

146 days ago
95.

Jennifer    

No matter how much of a woman he thinks he is, his DNA is still male! So no he cannot compete against women.

146 days ago
96.

laura    

i agree,. although i am a supporter of all people , the physiological make up of a man is different from a woman , they have more natural muscle and their skeletal size and bone mass is larger than a woman's. it isn't fair. it has nothing to do with what gender you identify with. if you feel like you were meant to be a woman then be what you feel like you were meant to be, but understand you were born with a mans body and that no matter what you do you can not change the the natural advantages that being born male gives you when trying to compete against women in things like cross fit and fighting, ect...... that is why we have male and female events in the olympics instead of everyone competing against eachother. it isn't like miss america, where you don't have to compete on a physical level. in miss america i support transgender competing. but in things like this i have to say its not fair to put men against women , even if she is no longer a man she still has all the advantages a man would have over a woman.

146 days ago
97.

buggaz    

Only woman quality is of being ho'

146 days ago
98.

cogdisastr@gmail.com    

in California, business establishments that serve the public cannot discriminate based on someone's gender identity or gender expression.

-Cal Civ. Code § 51(b)

"Boom" yourself, TMZ

146 days ago
99.

Lee    

This was bound to happen. Soon, we will have the transgender women sue the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. The transgender men will want to be in Ms. American and Ms. Universe contests. Can I get my own planet now?

146 days ago
100.

Lee    

If this person wins, then the women, or people who are chromosomes XX will sue Crossfit for giving this person who is a born male (XY)an unfair advantage.

146 days ago
101.

Polargirl    

Would Cross Fit have a transsexual man competing in the women's division despite taking testosterone?

146 days ago
102.

Duke Steele    

So, when you get your penis cut off(ouch),does it get replaced with a uterus?

146 days ago
103.

Linda Lu    

This isn't about attention seeking and notoriety. Chloie is extremely brave for bringing attention to her struggles as an athlete. This isn't the type of decision a person makes overnight. I know because she is my friend and you're all talking trash about her.
The fact is regardless of the outcome, transgender people all over the world encounter roadblocks like this everyday. It's time for a change.
And the really sad part about it is how quickly so many of you are ready to name call and try to humiliate her.

146 days ago
104.

Sweetbrandigirl2004    

OMG CF is so wrong and is going to lose this suit big time. The IOC has already stated that Transgender people who have had gender reassignment surgery and who have been on hormones for a year CAN participate in the olympic events. That being said and the fact that the state of California recognizes this women as female as such she is entitled to all the benefits that being seen as a female entail and that means that cross fit doesn't have a leg to stand on. They better get ready to pony up 2.5 million.

146 days ago
105.

Sweetbrandigirl2004    

OMG CF is so wrong and is going to lose this suit big time. The IOC has already stated that Transgender people who have had gender reassignment surgery and who have been on hormones for a year CAN participate in the olympic events. That being said and the fact that the state of California recognizes this women as female as such she is entitled to all the benefits that being seen as a female entail and that means that cross fit doesn't have a leg to stand on. They better get ready to pony up 2.5 million.

146 days ago
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