Target: CrossFit founder, Greg Glassman
Goal: Allow transgender athletes to celebrate their athleticism by participating in competitions of their practiced sport
The sport of CrossFit which includes a variety of high intensity weight lifting and interval training currently does not allow transgender athletes to participate in competitions. There is currently nowhere for these athletes to display and test their skills and this needs to be immediately changed so they can present their talents which they have been working so hard for.
Chloe Jonsson, a transgender woman, is one of the exclusion’s victims and is suing CrossFit’s creators for not allowing her to compete in competition. CrossFit’s lawyer says that Jonsson’s “genetic makeup confers physical and physiological advantage over women”. Jonsson’s lawyer says that due to her gender reassignment surgeries and consistent hormone therapy, she has no advantage over any other women in the competition. Crossfit rebuts this by saying that although she has female hormones, her DNA still has the Y chromosome that signifies she is a man. However, the Olympics which is recognized as the most fair and accredited venue for the greatest athletes in the world to compete which also allows transgenders to compete, has debunked the Y- chromosome theory. In the 1968 Olympics used sex chromatin testing as a means to identify athletes’ genders to ensure males were not disguising themselves as women for a competitive advantage. These tests revealed that eight women actually did have a Y chromosome in their genetic makeup, invalidating CrossFit’s argument.
Now, Jonsson is left is unable to compete against women, and unable to compete against men because of her extreme disadvantage. She has no venue to display her talents and skills that she has worked so hard for. Crossfit should value all of their athletes and ensure that they each have a fair competition to compete in.
Please sign the petition below to urge CrossFit to allow transgender athletes to compete among their gender competition.
Dear Greg Glassman,
As you are aware, CrossFit currently does not allow transgender athletes to compete in competitions and it is creating controversy. Chloe Jonsson, a transgender female is suing you because she is not allowed to compete among other females. You and other creators of CrossFit have claimed that despite the fact that she has had gender reassignment surgery and constant hormone therapy, she has an advantage over the other females because her DNA still has the male associated Y-chromosome. However, when the Olympics performed sex-chromatin testing in the 1960’s it was revealed that several of the females actually had the Y-chromosome despite being female. It is for this reason among many others that the Olympics allow transgender athletes to perform. The Olympics is the most regarded and fair event of evaluating athleticism, so if they allow transgenders, there is no reason that CrossFit should not.
We ask that you reevaluate your archaic and unjust policies, and allow athletes compete in the gender category that they are legally considered. It is unjust and poor sportsmanship to deny any of your athletes who have worked so hard to achieve skills in your sport.
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