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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2008 Ladies Long Drive Champ Used To Be A Man

This story comes straight from the “Juwanna Mann” file (we can’t believe we’re citing the Wayans brothers in a joke, either), but unlike the farcical athletic adventures of cinematic men in drag, this tale isn’t tall at all. Well, it is tall, but it’s literally tall, not figuratively. Oh, you get the picture. According to James Achenbach of GOLFWEEK, via FOXSPORTS, the winner of the 2008 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Ladies division is a 55-year old bartender who used to be a man.

lana lawless

(Your 2008 Women’s Long Dri … wait! That can’t be a woman!)

That’s right, Palm Springs, CA, native Lana Lawless (no relation to Lucy … allegedly. Lawless claims to have taken the name from movie star Lana Turner) won the contest by upsetting a 21-year-old New Zealand native largely accepted as the event’s prohibitive favorite, Phillis Meti. She did it by smashing a ball 254 yards into a stiff headwind on a course in Mesquite, NV, and then promptly admitting that her physique was, well, not entirely a “God original”.

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