On Wednesday, the press release, the ACLU said the organizations filed their lawsuit against Betty Pepper-Jackson, 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 says in the press release. “I know how hurtful a 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.” 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
The Around that time, Justice said he was “proudly” sporting event or something like that that could come to West Virginia,” Justice said. “However, I think the benefits of it way outweigh the bad part of it.” even though it could harm his state economically. “It concerns me that we may miss out on a significantathletes’ participation is based on the “biological sex of the athlete at birth.” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) in late April.
HB 3293 bars trans 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. “The only problem is the NCAA could penalize us in West Virginia,” he said.
In 2016, the National Basketball Association moved its All-Star Game from Charlotte after public bathrooms. That same year, the NCAA temporarily barred the state of 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 championship sites that are “safe, healthy, and free of discrimination.”
Although Justice has shown unrelenting support for West Virginia’s latest anti-trans legislation, he was unable last month to cite even one instance of a trans child gaining an unfair advantage in sports due to their gender identity. The governor failed when MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle pressed Justice to provide one such example during an Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to . “No, I can’t tell you one,” he said. “But I can tell you this, Stephanie. I’m a coach, and I coach a girl’s . And I can tell you that we all know what absolute advantage boys would have to play against girls.” and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter.