The popular fitness
cult company CrossFit was just slapped with a $2.5 million lawsuit from a trans woman in California who claims she was denied an opportunity to compete in the women’s division at the upcoming CrossFit Games because, TMZ reports, “she was born with a penis.”
Chloie Jonnson, who stands 5’4 and weighs 151 pounds, underwent gender-reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized by the State of California as a woman. Yet when she inquired about competing in the upcoming Games, the fitness giant replied in a letter obtained by TMZ:
We have simply ruled that based upon [Jonnson] being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men’s Division. 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.
We might be able to understand (which is different from agreeing with) that argument, except that the letter then takes an unnecessarily snarky turn:
Our decision has nothing to do with ‘ignorance’ or being bigots — it has to do with a very real understanding of the human genome, of fundamental biology, that you are either intentionally ignoring or missed in high school.
It’s one thing to tell the woman “no” but insulting her intelligence is beyond disrespectful.
Jonnson claims CrossFit is violating her civil rights by not letting her compete as a woman and is asking for $2.5 million.
CrossFit maintains it is in the right, saying trans athletes will be “welcomed with open arms in this community, but what we will not waver from is our commitment to ensure the fairness of the competition.”