Biological male sues disk golf association for 'discriminatory' policy barring trans women from competing in female divisions

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A biological male who identifies as a woman has sued the world governing body for professional disk gold among others for blocking the player from competing against female players, stating that the governing body violated California discrimination laws.

Natalie Ryan filed a complaint on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California, with Ryan’s attorney, Brian Sciacca, arguing that the Professional Disk Gold Association (PDGA), Disk Golf Pro Tour, and 1000 Rated Professions who hosts the OTB Open, stating that a policy adopted in December of 2022 barring transgender individuals from competing against women if they had a sex change after the age of 12 is “discriminatory.” 

According to the lawsuit, obtained by Ultiworld Disc Golf, Ryan “has felt like a female since birth” and underwent a sex change in January of 2018. Ryan has been a member of the PDGA since 2018, competing for the entire time as a woman.

The lawsuit noted that in the 2021 season, Ryan competed in five DGPT National Tour events as a female, averaging a 16th place finish and earning $1652 in prize money, and finished in second place in a DGPT Silver Series event, earning $750.

In the 2022 season, Ryan “competed in the FPO division of 13 DGPT Elite Series events. She won two events, had four top-ten finishes, and earned $19,360.00 in prize money, while finishing the tour as the ninth-rated player in the FPO division.”

It was during this season that Ryan earned a “tour card” for the 2023 season, “entitling her to early and automatic registration into all DGPT events in 2023 and other associated benefits for which she paid $5077.00.”

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