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Transgender sues CrossFit over competition

By Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)

chloe_jonssonSAN FRANCISCO - A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions.

The lawsuit brought Thursday by Chloie Jonsson, 34, accuses CrossFit Inc. of violating her rights under a California law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Jonsson's complaint says she was born male but has been living as a woman since she was a teenager and underwent sex reassignment surgery eight years ago. The surgery, coupled with the female hormones she takes, satisfied the state's requirements for her to be recognized as female on her birth certificate and other official documents.

Her lawyer, Waukeen McCoy, said Jonsson, who works as a personal trainer and is an avid CrossFit practitioner, first spoke to company representatives about her background a year ago after a teammate learned that participants in the Reebok CrossFit Games were required to register according to their gender at birth.

"They said she has an advantage over other women because of the sex she was born with, and that is completely untrue, scientifically," McCoy said, noting that the International Olympic Committee and other sports governing bodies allow athletes who have undergone surgery, taken hormones and secured legal recognition to compete in the category that corresponds to their affirmed gender.

CrossFit's general counsel, Dale Saran, would not comment on the suit, which seeks $2.5 million in damages. Saran directed The AP to a CrossFit online discussion board, where he posted that Jonsson had not supplied medical documents to back up her assertion that she was a woman.

"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.

Saran said CrossFit might create a separate division for transgender athletes if enough step forward to compete.

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  1. Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    March 11, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    I wonder if this sick pervert had “Bosley IHR” implant some feathers on it, then it also could claim to be a duck and then compete in a duck race?

    One’s sexual desires ARE NOT protected, not even by The Civil Rights Act of 1964; it prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
    It would appear that LGBTs have regressed into something that is not quite human. Their own species, something more like animals that react to their instincts of self-desires and have abandoned all civilized moral behavior. Maybe they should be chained up somewhere or maybe even euthanized.

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    • Son Of ThunderComment by mcrank
      March 11, 2014 @ 7:12 pm

      Transgender and Crossaren’t those terms interchangeable? In a sick sorta way??

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  2. mikeyparksComment by mikeyparks
    March 11, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    Scientifically a man cannot become a woman. Not with all the chemicals or operations in the world. The DNA says “man” and that’s that. We would all help this situation (including this article) if we refused to call a him “her” or “she.” A man is “he.”

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    • stshepherdComment by stshepherd
      March 11, 2014 @ 10:44 am

      And what is most shocking is that the state of California actually allows them to go back and CHANGE THE GENDER on their birth certificate! Totally unbelievable and totally corrupt. The liberal elite nazis from hell just do whatever they want, no matter how amoral, because they have hoodwinked the masses into believing that they are “for them” economically, pitting one ‘group” against another, etc. They are evil, and that’s why we are going down the tubes- evil is admired, not recognized for what it is, emulated, and corrupts our entire socio-politico-economic system. We are heading for the greatest “fall” in history, and it will be in our lifetimes and I’m not some crazy kook preacher but, yes, the end is near.

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    • gunblindComment by gunblind
      March 11, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

      DNA test still show it is a man.

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    • freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
      March 11, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

      For whatever it is, or is not, worth, this is only my opinion on the subject.
      Since I have never worn the shoes of a Transgender, I could not begin to associate, nor truthfully comment upon their preferential mindset, verses their actual birth designation. I feel in this particular case, that since he did have the surgery to make him a female, that she should be able to identify as a female, however, as far as sporting events, I believe his natural male makeup ( DNA designation ) should disallow , him as a her, from competing in female events, as he would have a natural advantage in strength, over other participants.
      While I do have a certain degree of respect for the fact that a transgender does have the operation done to bring them to the reality of the Sex they feel themselves to be,
      I do not feel that they should be allowed to have their Birth Certificate changed to reflect their preference, rather than their actual sex at birth. No matter what they look like, or appear to be, the fact that they were born a certain sex, does not change the fact that, that is the actual sex they are.

      I would like to be a jet pilot. I can dress like one, and act like one, but this does not change the fact that I am not a pilot.

      It is a abomination to the Lord God, that one tries to be anything other than that which they were born to be, and in the end, I believe, his judgment will be on them as what they were created as, not what they appear as. He knows the truth, no matter what that truth is.

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    • StephComment by Steph
      March 13, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

      Nothing changes that chromosome, does it? The one that with all the surgeries and hormones in the world would not change her/his DNA. What are they going to do about that? Have a blood transfusion? That won’t work because it is still in their DNA. That is really where the Lord God was so wise…
      I had to ask hubby what it is. Women have the XX chromosome whereas men have the XY. There is NOTHING that can change that.

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  3. RobComment by Rob
    March 11, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    Just curious. Why are these individuals not referred as ‘it’ instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’? If a person chooses to sabotage their bodies and deny the biology of how they were born…then the more accurate term is ‘it’. Because in reality, like it or not, they have chosen to be neither.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      March 11, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

      They are she its.

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    • lpoliverComment by lpoliver
      March 11, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

      Because they are either a Heshe, or a Shehe depending on their sex at birth. I believe that this story is about a Heshe, but I may be wrong.

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  4. grams2uComment by grams2u
    March 11, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    Well now isn’t this interesting! Maybe the poor little thing feels the need to prove something or maybe the poor little thing just wants to be accepted. Maybe the poor little thing wants to show off. Maybe the poor little thing just found a way to make money and headlines and force an issue. Wonder if that odd group that supports transgender bathrooms, you know, that group that’s forcing little real girls to be subjected to transgender “thingyness” and such, are supporting this poor little thing that just wants to compete as one of the “real girls”. Wonder how the other girls in the competition feel about sharing a locker room with this poor little thing…… I myself find it quite disturbing, unacceptable, deceitful, unfair to the real girls, and just plain old disgusting and entirely selfish and self centered on the part of that poor little thing! Scientific proof my fandanny that there’s not an advantage! And how foolish, stupid or arrogant can one be to believe that if the little thing did win everyone would say “oh, what a fantastic female athlete”…LOL…the poor little thing didn’t really cheat!

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  5. whodunitComment by whodunit
    March 11, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    This person doesn’t need a lawsuit. He needs psychiatric intervention.

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  6. beowolfeComment by beowolfe
    March 11, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    I am totally PRO GAY RIGHTS………..

    However, if you are a woman trapped in a man’s body, you should compete with men.

    If you are a man trapped in a woman’s body, then you should compete with women.

    At least that’s my take on it.

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  7. wallybluComment by wallyblu
    March 11, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    It’s very simple, if this person has two Y chromosomes they are eligible if they have an X and a Y chromosome they are not.

    It doesn’t matter what they think they are, it’s what they truly are that matters.

    By the way, where are the liberals, who promote Global Warming as settled science, on this matter?

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  8. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    March 11, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    Heck, I’d disqualify him/her/it based on too many ugly tattoos …

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  9. bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
    March 12, 2014 @ 12:18 am

    Naturally, all America is at fault for two people having sex resulting in someone caught between the sexes. Of course ALL America should pay, while no other “class” of humans has such a right or burning their bridges as the transgendered are on course to do.

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  10. okiecarlComment by okiecarl
    March 12, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

    Soon Sodom and Gomorrah will be considered as examples of true morality when compared to the USA

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  11. cre8tiondevineComment by cre8tiondevine
    March 12, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

    He looks MUCH older than 34. He’s not a woman…he’s a eunuch with breast implants. I look at him and see the scarring done to his body matches his psyche. He has some kind of body integrity identity disorder in regards to his once penis. Having had his penis removed and taking feminizing hormones still won’t make him a woman. I do, however, wonder what effect taking those hormones long-term will have on his already damaged psyche and the serious physiological side effects on the body.

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  12. skepticComment by skeptic
    March 13, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    This is just messed up. And it sounds like DOPEing.

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