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Advocacy: Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Fallon Fox

STATUS: Victory, California, Florida

Fallon Fox made history in 2013 when she came out as the first openly transgender mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. NCLR’s Sports Project helped her navigate that process, and also assisted Fallon with athletic licensing issues in Florida and California. While Fallon, known in the cage as the “Queen of Swords,” is now licensed to fight in California, NCLR continues to work with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on a comprehensive policy regarding transgender fighters. The CSAC regulates professional and amateur boxing, kickboxing, and MMA throughout the state of California. CSAC’s transgender policy, with NCLR’s help, will likely serve as a model for other state licensing boards

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