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ACLU Joins Lawsuit Over West Virginia Banning Trans Girls And Women From Sports

On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU West Virginia chapter, and Lambda Legal joined multiple organizations filing a lawsuit to overturn House Bill 3293, a West Virginia law that bans transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s school sports. In a press release, the ACLU said the organizations filed their lawsuit on behalf of Betty. Pepper-Jackson is an 11-year-old girl prohibited from joining her middle school’s cross-country team because she is trans. “I just want to run; I come from a family of runners,” Pepper-Jackson says in the press release. “I know how hurtful a law like this is to all kids like me who just want to play sports with their classmates, and I’m doing this for them. Trans kids deserve better.”

The law says athletes’ participation is based on the “biological sex of the athlete at birth. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) signed the anti-trans legislation into law in late April. Around that time, Justice said he was “proudly” signing the bill even though it could harm his state economically. “It concerns me that we may miss out on a significant sporting event or something like that that could come to West Virginia,” Justice said. “However, I think the benefits outweigh the bad part of it.” HB 3293 bars trans girls and women from playing on women’s sports teams at “any public secondary school or state institution of higher education,” Justice said in April that he supports imposing the law on colleges and universities, though he acknowledged that doing so could likely carry repercussions. ”

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The only pr” e National Basketball Association moved its All-Star Game from Charlotte after North Carolina enacted a law policing transgender people’s public bathrooms. That same year, the NCAA temporarily barred the state of North Carolina from hosting neutral-site championship games. Last month, after Republicans introduced anti-trans bills in several state legislatures, the NCAA warned that it would choose “safe, healthy, and free of discrimination ” championship sites.

Although J The only problem is the NCAA could penalize us in West Virginia,” he said. Justice has shown unrelenting support for WestVirginia’ss latest anti-trans legislation; he was unable to last month to cite even one instance of a trans child gaining an unfair advantage in sports due to their gender identity. When MSN.  host Stephanie Ruhle pressed Justice to provide one such example during an interview, the governor failed ““No, I can’t tell you one”” he said “But I can tell you this, Stephanie II’ma coach, and I coach a girls basketball team, And I can tell you that we all know what absolute advantage boys would have to play against girls””

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Katie Axon

After leaving the corporate world to pursue my dreams, I started writing because it helped me organize and express myself. It also allowed me to connect with people who share my passion for art, travel, fashion, technology, health, and food. I currently write on vexsh, a site focused on sharing and discovering what it means to be a creative, passionate person living in today's digital age.

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