New York county ban on transgender athletes affects roller derby team

A Long-Island-based women’s roller derby team is challenging a ban on transgender athletes in the New York county that they compete in.

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman’s executive order, which was announced last month and went into effect this month, requires all sports teams to submit their sex assigned at birth should they compete in county facilities and parks. According to Blakeman, the order is meant to prevent “the bullying of women and girls by transgender males who have many outlets to compete without putting the safety and security of females in danger.”

As a result, the Long Island Roller Rebels will be unable to compete in Nassau rinks. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association permits “all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants” to
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