Lana Lawless, Transgender Golfer, Sues LPGA
Transgender golfer Lana Lawless is suing the LPGA over a requirement which states that all competitors must be "female at birth."
Lawless, 57, filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the policy violates California civil rights laws.
Born a male, Lawless had gender reassignment surgery in 2005 and changed her name from Larry Nivens to Lana Lawless. A Palm Springs, CA, resident, Lawless worked in the SWAT team for 18 years as a male.
She won the women's world championship in long-drive golf in 2008, but was banned from the 2010 championship because Long Drivers of America, which oversees the event, revised its rules to include the "female at birth" clause.
"It's an issue of access and opportunity," Lana Lawless told the New York Times. "I've been shut out because of prejudice."
Her lawsuit seeks to prevent the LPGA from holding tournaments in the state of California until it changes its policy to admit transgender players.
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