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LPGA PLAYERS VOTE TO ELIMINATE GENDER REQUIREMENT

LPGA PLAYERS VOTE TO ELIMINATE GENDER REQUIREMENT

In response to a lawsuit by Lana Lawless against the LPGA in October, the LPGA players have votes to eliminate the tour’s “female at birth” requirement. At a meeting in advance of the LPGA Tour Championship, the players voted Tuesday to eliminate the clause from the LPGA’s constitution.

Lawless, a 57 year old retired police officer who had sex reassignment surgery in 2005, won the Women’s World Championship in long drive golf in 2008. But despite winning the long-drive championship in ’08, Lawless was barred from competing this year because Long Drivers of America, which oversees the event, changed its policy to mirror that of the LPGA. Lawless wrote a letter in May asking for permission to apply for LPGA qualifying tournaments, but was told she would be turned down.

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VIDEO: TRANSGENDER SUES LPGA FOR RULE CHANGE

Female Transgender Golfer Sues the LPGA
The former police officer says she no longer has the strength of a man.
video: courtesy abcnews.go.com

Lana Lawless, 57, a post-operative transsexual considered to be a woman by her home state of California, filed suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the LPGA this week to contest the organization’s requirement that a player be “female at birth,” ABC reported Thursday.

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