The Supreme Court rejected West Virginia's attempt to prevent a trans girl to play in sports, and Idaho passed a law that criminalizes gender-affirming care for minors.
Supreme Court Rejects State’s Attempt to Bar Trans Girl in Sports
According to NBC News, the Supreme Court blocked West Virginia’s attempt to ban 12-year-old trans girl Becky Pepper-Jackson from participating in women’s sports. The West Virginia law, the “Save Women’s Sports Act” only allows biological women to participate in women’s sports. Due to the Supreme Court decision, the enforcement of this law towards Pepper-Jackson is paused during ongoing litigation. NBC News states Pepper-Jackson is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal.
"We are grateful that the Supreme Court acknowledged that there was no emergency and that Becky should be allowed to continue to participate with her teammates on her middle school track team," said Pepper-Jackson's lawyers in a statement to NBC News.
State Passes Law Criminalizing Gender-Affirming Care For Trans Minors
Gov. Brad Little via Wikimedia.
According to AP News, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law banning gender-affirming care for transgender minors on April 4. The law states that physicians can face up to 10 years in prison for providing gender-affirming care such as hormones or puberty blockers to people under the age of 18. As reported by AP News, The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho has announced their intention to challenge the law and are looking for people affected by the law.
“We are watching parental rights being dismantled in the name of stigmatizing and harming our most vulnerable youth,” Gaona-Lincoln, executive director of LGBT organization Add the Words Idaho, told AP News. “The fear in parents’ voices is real as they do not know what to tell their teens or how to provide them with hope while their elected representatives actively attempt to legislate them out of existence.”