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W.Va. ACLU Joins Suit Against Transgender Student Athlete Ban

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The ACLU's lawsuit is brought by and on behalf of 11-year-old Becky Pepper-Jackson (right).

A civil liberties and LGBTQ rights group are suing West Virginia and Harrison County officials, over a law targeting transgender athletes.

House Bill 3293 is slated to take effect July 8. It bars transgender girls and women from playing team sports with other girls and women, from middle school through college.The West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday with Lambda Legal, one of the largest national law firms for LGBTQ rights. They’re suing on behalf of an 11-year-old transgender girl who wanted to join her middle school’s cross-country team.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Charleston, names the state board of education and the Harrison County Board of Education.

The complaint said the law violates the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in school sports.

The national ACLU is challenging similar laws in other states.

Energy & Environment Reporter, ctate@wvpublic.org, 202-679-8470, @tatecurtis

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