The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Authorized and Cooley LLP introduced the lawsuit on behalf of 11-year-old Becky Pepper-Jackson within the Southern District of West Virginia.
Pepper-Jackson, who will begin center faculty within the fall and was on the cheerleading crew in elementary faculty, “desires to proceed taking part in sports activities in center faculty by collaborating on the ladies’ cross nation and observe groups,” in keeping with the lawsuit.
In mild of the regulation, with out court docket intervention, Pepper-Jackson can be denied the chance to proceed taking part in sports activities in center faculty “just because she is transgender,” the lawsuit states.
Many legislators nationwide have argued that permitting transgender athletes to compete raises points over equity in athletics.
Pepper-Jackson is referred to within the lawsuit as B.P.J., however is called and quoted in an ACLU press launch.
“I simply wish to run, I come from a household of runners,” mentioned Pepper-Jackson. “I understand how hurtful a regulation like that is to all children like me who simply wish to play sports activities with their classmates, and I am doing this for them. Trans children deserve higher.”
The West Virginia lawsuit seeks declaratory and injunctive reduction to permit Pepper-Jackson “to expertise the advantages of athletic participation constant along with her gender identification and with out being singled out from different women for various therapy just because she is transgender.”
“We sit up for exhibiting in court docket that this regulation must be enjoined as illegal and that Becky ought to have the identical alternative to play sports activities as some other baby,” mentioned Kathleen Hartnett of Cooley LLP.