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.”
“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?