Federal court strikes down transgender sports ban in West Virginia

A decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a West Virginia law that sought to ban transgender students from playing on girls’ sports teams.

The federal court’s decision said the law violated Title IX, a civil rights law that prevents gender-based discrimination in schools. Additionally, “the court said the law cannot lawfully be applied to a 13-year-old” who has identified as transgender since third grade, according to the Associated Press.

Federal courts previously blocked the law from being enforced in 2021 after a lawsuit was filed when a transgender student wasn’t allowed to try out for the girls’ cross-country and track teams at school.

H.B. 3293 cited the Supreme Court decision Bostock v. Clayton County, which concluded that “gender identity is separate and distinct from biological sex to the extent that
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