A transgendered woman is suing CrossFit for $2.5 million because they have banned her from competing in the woman’s division of their Cross Fit competition. Chloie Jonsson claims her rights have been violated by CrossFit, as California law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity, according to Fox News on March 8.
The 34-year-old woman was born a man, but underwent the sex reassignment surgery to become a female. Her lawsuit claims that she satisfies the state’s requirements to be recognized as a female on her birth certificate and as a female for all other intents and purposes, such as competitions like this one.
Even the Olympics would recognize her as a female for competition if she happened to be entering a competition with that event. Her reassignment surgery was eight years ago, but she’s been living as a girl, taking the hormones needed, since she was in high school.
CrossFit is holding steadfast to their decision saying that even though Jonsson has undergone the surgery and she’s now a female this doesn’t change her genetic makeup when it comes to being born a man. This gives her the upper edge over other female partcipants.
CrossFit says this has nothing to do with being sexist, discrimination or anything else other than leveling the playing field in these competitions so that they are far across the board. The company uses what folks have learned in basic high school biology to support their claim 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."
CrossFit is seriously considering creating another division if enough transgendered folks are interested in competing. Dale Saran, CrossFit’s general counsel said:
"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," Saran wrote in a letter to McCoy that's linked to the discussion board. "That Chloie may have felt herself emotionally, and very conscientiously, to be a woman in her heart, and that she ultimately underwent the legal and other surgical procedures to carry that out, cannot change that reality."