Trans Athletes Can Now Compete in the CrossFit Games

In previous years, athletes were required to compete as the gender they were assigned at birth.

Transgender athletes are now welcome to compete in the annual CrossFit Games.

At an event sponsored by LGBTQ CrossFit group OUTWOD last Friday, CrossFit chair and founder Greg Glassman explained the revised policy. Prior to the update, trans athletes could only register to compete in the Games under the gender they were assigned at birth, reports Them. Glassman said in a statement that the update was “the right thing to do.”

“CrossFit believes in the potential, capacity, and dignity of every athlete,” he added. “We are proud of our LGBT community, including our transgender athletes, and we want you here with us.”

The former policy led CrossFit athlete Chloie Jönsson, a trans woman, to sue the company in 2014. It wasn’t the most recent controversy surrounding CrossFit, either: This June, former Chief Knowledge Officer Russell Berger was fired after calling LGBTQ pride a “sin” in a tweet supporting a homophobic CrossFit gym in Indiana.

I knew who I was as a human being at age 14. I didn’t start growing up till I was 25. Adulthood started around 30. At 35 I realized I had to start loving myself & finally at 38 did I start doing that. Most of what I’ve gone thru has been on my own in my own head but I sure as Fck wouldn’t have gotten to this point without all the people I consider friends. That may make sense to you and it may not but it doesn’t really matter as long as it makes sense to me (& whatever odd balls understand my speak). And to everybody out there they had followed any part of my journey, DMd me, commented on a photo or even critiqued me.. thank you for helping me to be unconditionally me! *end of sappy post. @doughnutsanddeadlifts @iamdndl @chrismstanton @krissymaecagney @for.buck.sake @jasonlane74 @meegsley @false_mrsa

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Meanwhile, Jönsson settled her lawsuit with CrossFit in 2015. She told Buzzfeed News that the policy update is a step forward for trans athletes—and that there’s no bad blood between her and the company.

“It’s huge for us,” she added. “There’s no reason to hold any negative feelings toward CrossFit.”

The policy goes into effect in 2019, meaning trans athletes can start gearing up for a chance to compete in next year’s Games.

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