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LPGA allows transgender athletes to compete

The transgender community gained a victory as LPGA players voted to allow transgender athletes to compete on tour and eliminate the requirement players be "female at birth". The LPGA is following in the footsteps of other organizations like the International Olympic Committee that have made similar rulings to allow transgender athletes to compete. The IOC covered its bases to make sure no one tries to sneak into a sport by pretending to be another sex. The LPGA needs to follow the same rules to a tee (bad pun intended) in order to not become a circus.

Updated: January 25, 2011, 11:33 AM ET
By Adena Andrews

The transgender community gained a victory as LPGA players voted in a year-end meeting to allow transgender athletes to compete on tour and eliminate the requirement players be "female at birth". The vote was in response to a lawsuit filed by Lana Lawless, a California woman who had her sex changed five years ago. The LPGA is following in the footsteps of other organizations like the International Olympic Committee that have made similar rulings to allow transgender athletes to compete.

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