Sports: LPGA Rescinds Policy Against Trans Women
Submission by Sylvia Renee, TNG columnist
Lana Lawless, despite what you might think, is not a comic book vigilante.
However, in 2008 she did win the women’s world championship in long-drive (golf for those of you who don’t know). Afterwords, the LPGA changed its constitution in order to prevent her from defending her title. You see, Ms Lawless is a trans woman and thus obviously had some kind of super power that gives her an advantage over her competition – even though she had bottom surgery and been on hormone replacement therapy for years. These qualifications are good enough for the International Olympic Committee, but not for the LPGA.
With a clear case of discrimination on her hands, Lana Lawless took her case to the courts. And the LGPA voted to rescind its policy against trans women.
In an interview with the New York Times she made an excellent point regarding her gender appropriate birth certificate. “It doesn’t say ‘female-ish.’ There is no such thing as born female. Either you’re female, or you’re not.” The real issue here though, is how invested some institutions are in ascertaining a person’s “true” gender – ie the one that makes for a convenient excuse to decide if they get access to the tree house. Remember Castor Semenya and everything she had to go through just to prove that she was female enough to have “fairly” won the competition? I could be wrong since it has been a few years since I was competing as an All American athlete, but isn’t it usually the case in sports that one competitor has some kind of advantage over another? Why does this difference in ability have to be attributed to genitalia.
Biology is not so simple as two chromosomes coming together to create the characteristics we have assigned to genders. Any kind of difference is not deviation from the script. It would be more accurate to say that two or more chromosomes start dancing together, add some purple, a dash of leftward movement, and the number five with the resulting goop being a kind of appearance. Yellow, up, and 9 makes something else.
Lana Lawless is not a super hero, even if her goop does happen to give her the ability to hit the hell out of a golf ball.
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