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Transgender Woman Sues CrossFit For Banning Her From Competing As Female

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A transgender personal trainer is suing CrossFit for banning her from competing in the CrossFit Games.

Chloie Johnson says the state of California recognizes her as a woman and the fitness company should, too.

"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,” CrossFit’s attorney wrote in a letter to Johnson in September.

Johnson underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2006 and her female hormone therapy is ongoing.

“[Jonnson] doesn’t have an advantage over other women. She’s been on estrogen for such a long time,” her attorney, Waukeen McCoy, told CNN.

Anti-androgen therapy neutralizes the effects of testosterone and reduces masculine features.

"She's female," McCoy said of Johnson. "She's legally female. A corporation like CrossFit, they're doing business in California. The law precludes from discrimination on gender identity."

The Olympic Committee allows transgender athletes to compete in their indentified gender after sexual reassignment surgery.

Johnson is seeking $2.5 million in damages and a reversal of the company’s policy.

Sources: TIME, CNN