Transgender Fighting In MMA

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Transgender Fighting in MMA
Enraged Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Matt Mitrione used harsh words to describe Fallon Fox by saying, “That is a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak [...]” (Gregory 2). Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) Fallon Fox “the Queen of Swords,” formally known as Boyd Burton, has made headlines for being the first openly transgender in MMA. In 2006, Fox underwent gender reassignment (Fallon 2). It is estimated that 2-5% of the population identify themselves as transgender. Fallon Fox is not the only transgender who has being discriminated against, out of 392 male to female(MTF) transsexuals 83% reported verbal abuse and 85% of 123 women to male (WTM) have reported verbal abuse because of gender identity (Transgender 8 ). Transgender
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As a former male transsexual women still have the same arm length, shoulder build and have been exposed to testosterone. “Sports is made up of competitors who, by definition, have advantages for all kinds of genetics reasons,” (Gregory 5). Many MMA fighters have spoken out about the situation and believe transgender individuals, specifically former males, should not be in the same ranking as women. Some women fighters have rejected the offer to fight Fallon Fox such as Miesha Tate who said, "[...] It 's about fighter safety. I wouldn 't feel comfortable getting in with someone who is a woman but developed as a man. I just don 't think it would be safe." (Mcneil …show more content…
After a year of fighting, the court declared that it was not fair to deny Richards of the right to play tennis professionally in the U.S Open (Rose 3). In 2008, Lana Lawless, a professional golfer who underwent gender reassignment surgery to become a woman in 2005, won the Women’s Long Drivers of America (LDA) competition by hitting the golf ball more than 250 yards. In 2010, the Women’s Long Drivers of America (LDA) and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) changed it’s rules to require participants to be “female at birth” to participate. After the change of requirements, Lawless filed a lawsuit against the LDA and LPGA because its new regulation was not only discrimination but against the California Civil Rights. In 2011, the lawsuit was dropped when the LDA and LPGA released a cooperative statement with Lana Lawless. “The Ladies Professional Golf Association (“LPGA”) expresses its appreciation to Lana Lawless for raising the issue of transgender participation in its tournaments and other professional activities. Both Ms. Lawless and the LPGA are pleased that the litigation initiated by Ms. Lawless has been resolved in a satisfactory way, and applaud the LPGA members who voted overwhelmingly to remove the “female at birth” provision from its by-laws.” (Luis-Drummond

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