Lawsuit of the Day: Only "Ladies" in the LPGA?

posted Oct 13, 2010, 9:09 AM by Calan McConkey   [ updated Oct 13, 2010, 9:30 AM ]
Lana Lawless has sued the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) because they have deemed her ineligible to compete in their events. You see, Lana was born a man but had "gender reassignment surgery" in 2005 to effectively make her a "woman." Lana is the reigning long-drive champion so either she is really good, or there are some lasting effects of the testosterone that had been pumping through her body for over 50 years. Lana, however, claims that she now has no unfair advantage over other women due to the surgery and hormone-replacement therapy.

As an avid golfer (and as a lawyer), I find this lawsuit particularly interesting. Without dropping too much opinion on the issue, I think that the problem here is that the LPGA does not want to open the proverbial floodgates for transgender persons joining the LPGA and dominating the female-born native players. In a humorous way, it kinda reminds me of the South Park episode where Cartman pretends to be mentally challenged in order to try and win the Special Olympics.

One thing I do know is that I would love to have a female on my team that could hit the ball that far. She can practically drive as far as I can and females get the standard 50+ yard advantage by teeing off from the front tees. She could be a part of my [golf] foursome team any day.

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