A group of 176 athletes and sports figures – including Megan Rapinoe, and Billie Jean King – have signed on to a legal brief in support of trans girls and women in youth sports.
In March, Idaho passed H.B. 500, also referred to as the “Fairness in Women’s Sports” law, which effectively bars trans women and girls from participating in sports that are consistent with their gender identity. The law also requires girls and women to “prove” their biological sex (through genital and hormonal testing) if challenged.
In August, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho granted an injunction, halting implementation of the law. The state of Idaho is appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The brief urges the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to affirm the lower court ruling, arguing that trans girls and women should not be denied the benefits of participating in sports.
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