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Oct 13, 2010 4:38 PM by Greg Boyce

Lawsuit over LPGA "female at birth" requirement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A transgender woman is suing the LPGA over a requirement which states that all competitors must be "female at birth."

Fifty-seven-year-old Lana Lawless underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2005. She filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Tuesday claiming that the policy violates California civil rights laws.  Lawless won the women's world championship in long-drive golf in 2008, but was barred from competing this year because Long Drivers of America - which oversees the event - had changed its policy to mirror that of the LPGA.

She wants to prevent the LPGA from holding events in California until the policy is changed. The lawsuit also seeks an unspecified amount in damages from Long Drivers of America and two of its title sponsors.

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