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Tell the LPGA that you oppose their discriminatory English mandate
Senator Leland Yee is leading an effort to oppose a recently announced policy by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) to require its athletes to speak English.
Despite there being no relevance to the sport, the LPGA claims that it is important for players to be able to interact in English with American media and event sponsors. No other professional sports league in the United States requires such a mandate. There are 121 international golfers on the LPGA Tour, coming from 26 different countries. This year, the Tour also held events in nine other countries.
Senator Yee said:
"Mandating English on the LPGA Tour will disenfranchise qualified players from the global community of professional golf. English fluency has no bearing on an athlete’s ability to compete. Denying access based on language capability or country of origin is unfair, unreasonable, and discriminatory.”
"The LPGA would never require the English speaking players to learn the languages of the various nations in which the Tour visits. The question begs to be answered; does the LPGA expect all deaf golfers to communicate in English? Are they going to also discriminate against those individuals with special needs?”
"Omitting qualified players from LPGA membership is inappropriate and unsuitable for the world we live in and poorly reflects on the increasingly diverse population of California and the United States.”
If you agree, sign below to urge the LPGA to rescind this policy.
UPDATE: While the LPGA has rescinded the policy requiring English proficiency, they are currently considering a penalty for those who do not speak English. Our coalition and this petition will call on the LPGA to not adopt any such discriminatory policy.