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States challenge Biden on rights for transgender students

Lawmakers in at least six states plus Congress recently introduced bills aimed at limiting opportunities for transgender athletes. The raft of legislation is intended to keep transgender women and girls from competing on sports teams — in elementary school through college — that don’t match their sex assigned at birth. The bills follow legislative action in Idaho, which was the first state to enact a law that bans transgender student athletes from women’s sports teams. The law is being challenged in federal court by the ACLU.

President Joe Biden has taken the stance that he will aim to protect trans rights during his presidency. One of Biden’s first actions after being inaugurated was to issue an executive order saying that a court case about transgender rights applies to Title IX, a federal education law that prevents discrimination based on sex. The ACLU has vowed to challenge any anti-transgender student athlete law that is passed.

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