Transgender Woman Sues CrossFit For Not Letting Her Compete w/ Women
Transgender female CrossFit participant Chloie Jonsson is suing the fitness organization for $2.5 million after they rejected her request to compete against women in the upcoming CrossFit Games.
CrossFit determined that since Chloie was "born a male" (their words) she would have to compete against men.
Jonsson underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized by the state of California as a female. (She's also 5'4" and 151 pounds, in the event that that matters.)
Tensions have clearly elevated between the two parties based on a letter obtained by TMZ Sports:
In fact, TMZ Sports obtained a letter from CrossFit to Chloie in which the CF pulled no punches -- "We have simply ruled that based upon [Chloie] being born as a male, she will need to compete in the Men's Division."
CF argues ... "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."
But in the letter, CF gets aggressive -- saying, "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."
Do you feel CrossFit was right or wrong in its decision not to allow Chloie to compete against other women in the CrossFit games?
CrossFit maintains that transgender participants 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."
Did CrossFit handle the situation appropriately? Should Chloie be financially compensated?