LPGA Member Vote Likely To Admit Transgenders

Randall Mell of the Golf Channel reports that in “direct response” to a month-old federal lawsuit filed by 57-year-old Lana Lawless, who was born a man, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is likely to “allow” for the removal of its requirement that players be “female at birth.”

Lana Lawless

(Transgender Lana Lawless: “born a female” LPGA law violates “civil rights”)

In a lawsuit filed on Oct. 12 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Lawless claimed “her civil rights were violated” when the LPGA rejected her application for membership.

LPGA rules stipulate that such a foundational change in the governing body’s constitution would require a 2/3 majority vote by the organization’s members. That vote is reportedly expected to take place after the LPGA executive committee informs players in a meeting on Nov. 30 that fighting the lawsuit would be futile.

Christopher Dolan, the attorney for Lawless, said of such a vote, “It would be similar, in another time, to voting on whether you want to let black people into your organization.

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