Transgender golfers will now be allowed to compete in the LPGAafter members voted to remove the organization's requirement that players be "female at birth" to compete. The vote was held to address a lawsuit filed by Lana Lawlessa retired police officer who had gender-reassignment surgery in Lawless, who won the women's World Long Drive Championship inwas barred for competing in the event again this year.
But before the season-ending event got underway Thursday in Orlando, the tour had to deal with a sensitive and sensational topic sure to generate unwanted publicity. Talk about bad timing for a tour fighting for TV ratings, sponsors and positive headlines on the week of its return to Florida after a two-year absence. The Golf Channel will feature Q-school coverage 1 to 4 p.
Needless to say, this controversial topic has raised eyebrows and brought up a plethora of questions. Juwanna Mann jokes aside, this is an important precedent to set. Just a year ago South African runner Caster Semenya was humiliated when the IAAF decided to test whether she had a rare medical condition that would give her an advantage over her competitors.
Bobbi Lancaster is trying to become the first openly transgender athlete to play on the LPGA Tour, even while arguing she has a natural advantage in competition. After announcing in March her intention to join the LPGA tour, year old transgender woman Bobbi Lancaster has so far netted mixed results. Lancaster's goal, to compete in a professional sport, is not new for transgender athletes. Richards had to file a lawsuit in order to make her way onto the court at the U.
Sports Medicine. Whether transgender people should be able to compete in sport in accordance with their gender identity is a widely contested question within the literature and among sport organisations, fellow competitors and spectators. Owing to concerns surrounding transgender people especially transgender female individuals having an athletic advantage, several sport organisations place restrictions on transgender competitors e.
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Editor's Note: This commentary is being republished here with the permission of Pat Griffin. Griffin's blog posts on a regular basis, because her insight, experience and wealth of knowledge on the subject of LGBT Sports and Academia is legendary and needs to be shared. According to an article written by Randall Mell of the Golf Channel, the LPGA is preparing to change their policy to enable transgender women to become members.
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