Trans Golfer Lana Lawless Sues LPGA For ‘Female At Birth’ Requirement

Lana Lawless, the MTF transgender golfer, was denied admittance to the Ladies Professional Golf Association — because she wasn’t born a lady. HELLO LAWSUIT.

Lawless, 57, who had gender reassignment surgery in 2005, is going after both the LPGA and the Long Drivers of America for rules that require competitors to be “female at birth.” The LDA even changed its rules in 2008 — because of Lawless, who managed a 254-yard drive at the Long Drive Championship, and won.

The golfer has “been warming up for this lawsuit for some time,” notes SF Weekly, with documented correspondence with the groups to get them on the record identifying their rules that effectively bar trans women. In her federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco, Lawless says she wants an immediate injunction keeping the golfing organizations from refusing her membership, as well as damages for economic advantage interference and unfair competition.

“I am, in all respects, legally, and physically female,” she says in a statement. “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.” Meanwhile:

Lawless said the LPGA is one of the few athletic organizations to bar transgender competitors. She noted that the International Olympic Committee has allowed transgender athletes since 2004 as long as the competitor underwent surgery and at least two years of hormone-replacement therapy. “I could participate in female wrestling in international Olympic events,” said Lawless.

Perhaps it’s time those recommendations for how colleges handle transgender athletes be adopted by the pros. (Also: Does Lana have the most appropriate surname or what?)