What is setting up to potentially be a showdown in the courts, a transgender golfer, Lana Lawless, is suing the LPGA and two title sponsors after rules and regulations state you must be “female at birth.” Lawless had gender reassignment surgery in 2005 and won the long drive championship in 2008. The Long Drivers of America, which oversees the event has recently barred Lawless from competing after adopting similar rules to the LPGA.
Lawless is trying to prevent the LPGA from holding tournaments in the state of California claiming it violates California’s civil rights laws.
This is going to be interesting to see how this plays out. The LPGA has continued to keep it’s rule of “female at birth” even though major sports organizations such as the International Olympic Committee and USGA have changed their stance on transgender athletes competing.