A part of the lawsuit was a request that the LPGA and LDA be prohibited form holding tournaments or doing business in California until and unless they reversed their discriminatory policy. The California UNRUH non-discrimination act prohibits discrimination based on a number of protected classifications, including transgender status.
“This is a major victory not only for transgender golfers, but for everyone who supports full civil rights for all individuals,” says Chris Dolan of the Dolan Law Firm, who is representing Lana Lawless in the lawsuit against the LPGA. “We hope that the LPGA will implement rules consistent with the International Olympic Committee so as to have clear guidelines for transgender participation. If they do so, and allow Lana to participate fully in LPGA activities, tours and pro school, a major goal of this lawsuit will have been accomplished and it will pave the way for Ms. Lawless and the LPGA to discuss resolution of the lawsuit. Hopefully, it will also cause the other defendant, the Long Driver’s Association, to change their discriminatory policies. If they do not, then we will proceed full speed ahead against them, until Ms. Lawless civil rights are fully restored.”
Ms. Lawless stated: “I am glad that the LPGA has reversed its discriminatory policy. I hope that this sends a clear message to everyone that transgendered people have rights. It is unfortunate that I had to file a lawsuit to have my civil rights respected but I am glad that our legal system stands for the rights of everyone, not just the majority. I am looking forward to the LPGA rule changes being published and to being informed that I can participate in Pro School and, if I desire, the Tour. While this does not relieve the bitter sting of my having been discriminated against, I feel vindicated and I hope no other trans person will have to take legal action to be afforded equal opportunity.”