Should Transgender Woman Be Allowed To Compete In CrossFit Competition As Female?
A transgender woman from California is suing the CrossFit company for refusing to let her compete in a strength competition as a female. Personal trainer Chloie Jonsson is recognized as a woman by the state of California, has undergoing sexual reassignment surgery in 2006 and has been on female hormone therapy for years. But despite this, the CrossFit company said she couldn’t participate in the competition unless she competed as a man.
Jonsson is now suing the CrossFit company for $2.5 million in damages that include gender discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and unfair competition. Her attorney, Waukeen McCoy, said CrossFit doesn’t have a case to stand on because she’s legally recognized as a woman. He also denied that she would have an unfair advantage in a strength competition. “She’s been on estrogen for such a long time. She’s female,” he said. “She’s legally female.”
But the Crossfit company said in a statement that their decision was not based out of “ignorance or bigotry,” but rather their belief that Jonsson still had more testosterone in her body than a typical woman even after the hormone therapy. A letter from CrossFit’s lawyer last October said that “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.” It also stated that the company had an “obligation to protect the ‘rights’ of all competitors and the competition itself.”