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National Center for Lesbian Rights

Cases & Advocacy

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Fallon Fox

Status: Closed

Outcome: Victory

Location: 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.

Fallon, known in the cage as the “Queen of Swords,” is now licensed to fight in California. NCLR worked with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on a comprehensive policy regarding transgender fighters that can serve as a model for other state licensing boards. The CSAC regulates professional and amateur boxing, kickboxing, and MMA throughout the state of California.

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