CA Judge Rules in Favor of Natalie Ryan, Who Will Compete in OTB Open This Weekend
, 2023-05-11 17:45:32,
A Federal District Court granted Ryan’s request for a temporary restraining order.
May 11, 2023 by Ultiworld Disc Golf Staff in Analysis, News
A Federal District Court in California today granted Natalie Ryan’s motion for a temporary restraining order against the new eligibility policy from the Disc Golf Pro Tour and Professional Disc Golf Association, paving the way for Natalie Ryan to play at this weekend’s DGPT OTB Open event in Stockton, California. Ryan has registered on Disc Golf Scene and is listed as registered on the PDGA event page. The victory for Ryan comes after a Wednesday court hearing, and the DGPT has already filed its notice of appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Today is a momentous win for trans athletes and I will see you all at OTB,” said Ryan on Instagram. “Thank you your honor, for passing me a match. My fire is going to burn brighter than ever this weekend.”
In the 15-page order (posted below) from District Judge Troy Nunley, the Court found that Ryan established “serious questions” as to the lawfulness of the eligibility policy, and she was prevented from competing in the OTB Open “based exclusively on her status as a transgender woman.” The court focused on section C.3 of the eligibility policy, which “appears to directly target an individual’s sex and gender by creating a temporal line when one must transition.”
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