CrossFit is being Sued by Transgender Athlete for $2.5 Million

by Josh Bobrowsky on March 6, 2014

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Currently the biggest buzz in CrossFit may not be the CrossFit games, but the fact that CrossFit has excluded a transgender athlete from competing in the women’s devision.

Chloie Johnson has filed a lawsuit against CrossFit for $2,500,000 claiming that despite being born with a penis  she is legally recognized as a women (according to her home state of California and the jurisdiction which CrossFit operates) and that CrossFit must allow her to compete as a woman.

Chloie stands at 5 feet 4 inches in height and weighs in right around 150 pounds, check out the video of Chloie below.

Chloie wrote to CrossFit in order to be allowed to compete in  the CrossFit Women’s open , however CrossFit denied her request in a very blunt manner.

From a direct copy of the letter from CrossFit (source- TMZ) CrossFit HQ stated that “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.”

Further stating
“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 is not the first sport to face issues with Trasngender/Transsexual athletes. MMA was faced with similar issues when Fallon Fox a transsexual MMA fighter  revealed the fact that she used to be a man only after a first round knockout against Ericka Newson (under the Championship Fighting Alliance.)

Ronda Rousey (current UFC Champ) stated that she would fight Fox but believes that due to testorone and bone density issues that fox would have an advantage in the fight over someone who was born a woman.

Do you believe Chloie should be able to compete in the women’s devision?

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt March 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

Don’t care about the transgender part, I don’t think it’s discriminative at all.
From a competitive point of view, a male is going to dominate a female when it comes to strength, growth etc. Even though this individual considers themselves a women, they are still technically advantaged from being born male and having male genetics.

jimbob March 7, 2014 at 4:11 am

I get what you’re trying to do with the quotes.


Martin March 7, 2014 at 5:52 am

It’s crazy how out of the whole article, the only thing people point out are the quotation marks. The whole article is about the debate of whether to consider this person a man or a woman in the case of a fitness competition and it makes sense to include quotes when that is literally the subject of the debate (in the case of the cross fit competition).

Some people here seem a bit too sensitive. That’s almost as bad as biggotry IMO.

Spencer March 7, 2014 at 6:18 am

There are actually journalistic standards for how to refer to the gender of transexuals individuals, it is a shame and sign of ignorance to not follow them in this article.

Ezra March 7, 2014 at 7:04 am

The effect of genetics on performance is via sex hormones. Replace testosterone with estrogen and you lose the muscle mass, bone density etc. that would give her an advantage against other women.

Case in point: XY women with total androgen insensitivity syndrome.

Andrew March 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

It appears all the comments thus far have been from genetics majors in college.
If you know anything about the human body the primary organ responsible for producing testosterone are the testis, removal of said organ can greatly impact a males body’s ability to have such advantage in strength and bone density, essentially negating all effects before. Furthermore, I’m assuming, as a transgender she is taking female sex hormones, this would further remove all advantage you believe she would have. I know that crossfit members are experts in human everything but apparently they forgot to put physiology in their level 1 certification class.

eric March 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

Perhaps crossfit should create a new transgender category for the sake of fairness all around.

athena March 7, 2014 at 10:44 am

omg so hottt would plow her inverted penis

Emily March 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

Look at her, you think after years on estrogen with no steroids she still has an advantage over women born with a uterus? There’s so many women in the Women’s Open that look a lot more like men than she does, are bigger, stronger, more muscled. She does not have an advantage. Her genetics got her to 5’4″ and 150lbs, not 6 foot tall, her hormones and exercise control the muscle now – all dominated by estrogen.

Team Punishment March 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

I can confirm. I am transgender.

hector_garza March 7, 2014 at 11:38 am

She obviously does not have a significant advantage over other competitors. There are female competitors currently who are stronger.

This is discrimination, pure and simple.

Valenzulatech March 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

The differences in anatomy such as muscle insertions, proportion of fast-twitch muscle fibers and physical dimensions (for example shoulder width) allow for too great an advantage.

Crossfit must introduce two new transgender categories, transgender male and transgender female.

Matthew March 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Andrew you’re obviously a transgender yourself so are naturally supporting your own kind oblivious to facts.. He would still have a lot of advantages such as a male skeletal system, broader shoulders, male muscle insertions, and there are many different hormones besides just testosterone and estrogen. Good luck with your transgender goals.

ariel March 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

from her video it doesn’t look like she’s that tough of a competitor. some of the girls i know would blow her ass out of the water.

it is an interesting question of what gives a man “natural advantage” over a woman… if that could be quantified – hormone levels, bone density, muscle mass, then maybe the sports categories would no longer be defined by gender, but these specific qualities.

it does sound like cross fit is just trying to be fair to their competitors, though it seems there needs to be a bit more discussion on what that means.

ariel March 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

i’m all for people getting to do whatever they want with their own bodies, define themselves in whatever way they want, and i understand how much shit they probably get for it from people who are scared or closed minded. however, the fact is, a transgender woman will never fully have a woman’s body. it doesn’t matter how much she screams discrimination, she will never give birth to a baby, at least not with the science we have now. there will still be fundamental differences. what those differences actually are needs more investigation before this particular issue can be fairly decided.

ariel March 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

or maybe she could get to compete, but not have her scores actually count – she can see where she stands in relation to other competitors, but not take someone else’s chance at winning.

Andrew March 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Matthew, if you refer to the Olympics stance on transgender athletes they have decided to allow the person to participate in the gender they choose after approximately 2 years of hormone therapy, or until the levels are stable. Now I will be competing in the female category as soon as I get this oversized clothes remove. Look for me, I’ll be doing more on the clean and “jerk” ;) than the average female. Yes, there are many more hormones in the human body that affect every system, but you cannot deny the necessity of high testosterone required to lift at a elite male athletes level. If you will excuse me, I’m slimming down my soon to be girlish figure. I’ll send you some snapchats cutie pie.

Andrew March 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Clit removed*

Melissa March 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm

She’s trying to fleece 2.5 million from CrossFit? That’s the monetary cost of her rejection? That’s just wrong. Let her compete, but she doesn’t deserve millions.

Vlosto April 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm

To all the people writing in support of this person competing in the women’s category.. if this was Dmitry Klokov with his penis removed and some implants would you still be so supportive? What if they didn’t actually have their genitals changed/removed but simply wanted to identify as a woman?

Crossfit need to set a precedence to avoid a scenario like the ones I mention above happening, even if this is not the case they’re facing now.

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