, 2023-02-23 02:00:00,
Ryan is suing the DGPT, PDGA, and organizers of the OTB Open for violating California law
February 23, 2023 by Sam Mintz in News
On the eve of the 2023 professional disc golf season, Natalie Ryan sued the PDGA, Disc Golf Pro Tour, and 1000 Rated Productions, the host of the OTB Open.
In a complaint filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Ryan and her attorney Brian Sciacca argue that the PDGA policy effectively prohibiting transgender women from competing in the FPO division on the pro tour violated her civil rights and California laws against discrimination.
“The policy adopted by the PDGA and DGPT is arbitrary and capricious and in violation of Plaintiff’s right to be free from discrimination based on her gender,” the suit says.
It alleges that the PDGA’s new rules on the eligibility of transgender women to play in FPO for majors, which block from the competition trans women who have undergone gender-affirming treatment later than the age of 12, were a “direct response to [Ryan’s] success on the DGPT.”
The policy has “denied Plaintiff and other transgender women, who in the eyes of California law are women, full and equal access to the accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, and/or services of Defendant’s organizations,” the complaint says.
Ryan is arguing that she should be protected under California’s…
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