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DGPT Statement on US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Ruling

By Zac Kuykendall

May 12, 2023: Yesterday, a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was issued by a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf of Natalie Ryan. The order, filed against the PDGA and the DGPT, allowed Ms. Ryan to compete in Round 1 of the 2023 OTB Open in Stockton, CA. Both the PDGA and the DGPT immediately appealed this ruling in the US Court of Appeals.

The Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) has now received notice that the appeal was successful in the Ninth Circuit, and that the District Court’s May 11, 2023 order has been stayed. This order restores the DGPT’s ability to enforce its current policy on Gender Eligibility. The DGPT will follow the court’s ruling and enforce its Gender Eligibility Policy which will disallow Ms. Ryan from continuing competition in the OTB Open. 

The DGPT remains committed to creating a safe and harassment-free environment both onsite and online for all competitors. To review our community guidelines please visit our webpage here.


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