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Transgender golfer suing LPGA

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Transgender golfer Lana Lawless is suing the Ladies Professional Golf Association for denying her membership.

Lawless, 57, a post-operative transsexual considered to be a woman by her home state of California, filed suit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the LPGA this week to contest the organization's requirement that a player be "female at birth," ABC reported Thursday.

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Lawless is also suing the Long Drivers of America, which recently changed its policy to reflect the LPGA's "female at birth" rule. Lawless won the LDA's women's long drive championship in 2008, when no such rule was in place. She has been disqualified from future competition and is unable to enjoy the full benefits of her 2008 win, her lawsuit alleges.

"I'm not physically as strong as I used to be," said Lawless, a retired police officer. "I'm well under the top end of testosterone levels for genetically born females."

"We haven't been formally served with the lawsuit so we can't comment at this time," LPGA spokesman Mike Scanlan said. "Our policy is what it is currently, and beyond that we don't have much to say."

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