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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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121.

lil jj boy    

she i sexy

209 days ago
122.

Pop Chips    

Cross Fit sounds Cross Crazy.

209 days ago
123.

Pukie    

I bet she can deadlift more than Castro.

209 days ago
124.

ChAiNsMoKeR87    

Cross Fit is right. It wouldn't be fair to allow her to compete with the woman. Instead of trying to sue for $2.5m she should advocate a TG class in the competition. I'm pretty sure she's not the only TG person that does the Cross Fit training program.

209 days ago
125.

Whetsit Tuya    

I say let her join, she's no more or less powerful than a black woman.

209 days ago
126.

Mob4life27    

I 100% agree with CF. even though she went through all of the changes to become and women and ON paper she is considered a women and there is nothing wrong with that. The fact of the matter is that her body still haves the chemical makeup of a man. just because something on the out side looks like one things doesnt always mean its the same on the inside. i mean come on seriously thinks shes has a case. i mean her body is not made like a women, its not like she gets her period once a month.

209 days ago
127.

SeanymakkFrmNy    

This is crap. You were born a man, enough is enough with this.

209 days ago
128.

Mandy Burgundy    

Fallon Fox is a perfect example that there are no real advantages in transgender women competing in sports? Everyone is just reacting on a prejudice, without doing any fact checking. Here's another problem, they are already female by law and function, how the heck are they supposed to get recognized as the gender they fit in and identify with when told they must compete in the man's division? How the hell is Chloie stronger than genetic women, when her body produces less, or no testosterone at all. When she's been on estrogen replacement hormone treatment for years. She has to work even harder than genetic women.

209 days ago
129.

Tweeder    

Cut you penis off, get some breast, grow your hair out, and put some make up on the fact is your still a male. Do a blind genetic test and and the results will come back as a man, he should not be able to compete in a woman's competition. Estrogen doesn't destroy muscles it can lower the rate of building muscle, but working out more then 4hrs a week lowers your estrogen levels hence why female bodybuilders have smaller breast so @cogdisastr please stop talking about something you know little about and the grocery bags are hard to carry in cause your out of shape not because of estrogen

209 days ago
130.

CadmiumBloodRed    

There is no hormonal difference between a Transwoman who has female anatomy and a genetic woman that has female anatomy. Actually, the majority of Transwomen that are on Hormone Replacement Therapy are on a considerably higher dose of Estrogen than genetic women produce naturally, which actually puts them at a disadvantage physically from genetic women, let alone genetic males. There is no physical advantage even if a Transwoman has larger bone structure than a genetic woman. In most cases, there are genetic women that can be much larger than any Transfemale, and that point is moot. This type of discrimination has taken place in the BMX Biking community as well. In that case, the Transwoman won the right to compete among other women - because there is no difference. I could not disagree more with, "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." This is entirely untrue once a Transwoman takes Estrogen and has had Gender Reassignment.

209 days ago
131.

Mandy Burgundy    

I love it when Non-Trans people and media think they know everything on this issue. It's just so comical. They should just stay out and let the authorities in the medical field that specifically deal with trans people in transition. Keep trolling guys...

209 days ago
132.

Angie    

If I'm correct in order to be identified legally as female doesn't require an actual sex change. Look at Chaz Bono all she had to do was remove her breasts. I agree with CF genetically she is a man therefore she shouldn't compete with women.

209 days ago
133.

DiM    

I am thinking with our progressive acceptance of transitioning and transgendered (with is a good thing) people, it is actually getting tougher to judge gender specific performances and athletics. It might come from a place or prejudice and fear at times, but I do not think so all of the time. There may come a time where everything is pretty much co-ed.

209 days ago
134.

Sam    

This argument was settled in the 70's when Rene Richards was banned as a cross gender because of the chromosome count.

209 days ago
135.

Eye roll     

Who do trannies go out with... Like if u were originally a male turned into a woman... You date other males? And vice versa for female into men trannies? That makes you gay as well then.

209 days ago
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