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BamaGrits84
10-14-2010, 07:30 PM
Golfer challenges LPGA's rule you have to be born a woman
By Jay Busbee

So here's a problem that the golf world in the time of Arnold Palmer and Babe Zaharias didn't have to deal with ... at least, not as far as we know. A transgender golfer is challenging the LPGA's "female at birth" rule, claiming that it unfairly infringes upon her civil rights.

First, the background: Lana Lawless is the plaintiff. Five years ago, Lawless underwent a sex change operation. Two years ago, she won a 2008 women's long-drive competition with a tee shot of 254 yards. But now, she's run up against the LPGA -- which, surprisingly enough, had a "female at birth" rule already on the books -- and she's finding it difficult to make headway.

As a result, Lawless has filed suit in San Francisco federal court with the intention of barring the LPGA from holding tournaments in California until it changes its policy banning transgender players. Also named in the suit are three LPGA sponsors and the Long Drivers of America, which sponsored the '08 contest she won. This year, the company changed its rules on transgender players to match those of the LPGA.

"I am, in all respects, legally and physically female," Lawless said in a statement Wednesday. "The state of California recognizes me as such and the LPGA should not be permitted to come into California and blatantly violate my rights. I just want to have the same opportunity to play professional golf as any other woman."

The obvious issue, of course, is that being legally and physically female doesn't automatically reroute one's physical abilities from the male framework to the female one. Put another way, if, say, Phil Mickelson suddenly underwent gender-reassignment surgery, Philomena Mickelson wouldn't suddenly lose her short-game ability. Dustina Johnson wouldn't lose her distance off the tee. Jane Daly would -- well, let's be honest -- "Jane Daly" would be tabloid fodder every day of the week, and twice on tournament Sundays.

The International Olympic Committee has permitted transgender athletes since 2004, provided the athlete underwent surgery and no less than two years of hormone-replacement therapy. But it's obviously a potential hot-button issue; recall the story of Caster Semenya, the South African sprinter who faced constant questions about her gender last year.

On the 2010 schedule, the LPGA has three tournaments in California, including this week's CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge. It's highly unlikely Lawless will get tournaments blocked in the state, but her case is already opening the transgender conversation, and regardless of the outcome, that's a good thing.


Ok first, transgenders gross me out. That has to be the oddest thing ever - to want to change your sex. Second, "that's a good thing", really Mr. Busbee? It's a good thing that we have become so morally lax that we WANT to discuss how to deal with transgenders in sports? I'm so sick to death of how evilness just consumes our society.

J.B.
10-14-2010, 08:42 PM
When the PGA has a big enough niche fanbase to start up the TGPGA then this severely confused and annoying individual will have a place in professional Golf. Until then, stick to hustling the old boys with bifocals on the driving range of your local muni...weirdo.

CAVEMAN
10-14-2010, 09:25 PM
When the PGA has a big enough niche fanbase to start up the TGPGA then this severely confused and annoying individual will have a place in professional Golf. Until then, stick to hustling the old boys with bifocals on the driving range of your local muni...weirdo.

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
Yes, I'm a little grossed out by transgenders myself. I cannot believe this whole thing is even an issue......but seems to be pretty common anymore

County Mike
10-15-2010, 12:23 PM
http://www.the-two-malcontents.com/wp-content/uploads/man.jpg

http://www.jennqpublic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/austin-powers-man-baby.JPG

Tyburn
10-19-2010, 08:13 PM
Ok first, transgenders gross me out. .

:laugh: I met one once at University. She was studying Social Sciences and Humanities, and we crossed over with Interdisciplinary Human Studies for a debate. It was a debate that I remember profoundly. She argued a near radical femenist argument, to whatever it was...and I was against. At the end of the debate we walked down stairs, and I actually asked her "do you consider youself a radical femenist" and she replied "No, I consider myself the third Gender"

:blink:

I could have sworne that the person infront of me had always been female, you couldnt tell...not one bit...so much so, I wondered seriously if she was lying to me.

After about ten years you wouldnt be able to tell, unless they took their clothes off.

:laugh:

J.B.
10-19-2010, 08:22 PM
After about ten years you wouldnt be able to tell, unless they took their clothes off.

I don't care how old they are...if you can't tell that is a dude in that picture Mike posted then you need some glasses my friend. :laugh:

Tyburn
10-19-2010, 08:24 PM
I don't care how old they are...if you can't tell that is a dude in that picture Mike posted then you need some glasses my friend. :laugh:

I wasnt talking about that picture :laugh:

J.B.
10-19-2010, 08:37 PM
I wasnt talking about that picture :laugh:

I'm just saying...Trannys are pretty easy to spot...:laugh:

and if for some reason they are able to get past the eye test, they would still fail the audio test as soon as they opened their mouth to speak. :rolleyes:

Tyburn
10-19-2010, 08:52 PM
I'm just saying...Trannys are pretty easy to spot...:laugh:

and if for some reason they are able to get past the eye test, they would still fail the audio test as soon as they opened their mouth to speak. :rolleyes:

Only within their first decade....after that, the voice, and everything completely changes...well at least for a man going into a woman...I dont know about a woman going into a man :laugh:

its not like I'm an expert :laugh::laugh:

flo
10-22-2010, 02:53 AM
Have you seen his, er, her swing? No wonder the ladies of the LGA don't want to compete against her.