New York Orders County To Reverse Transgender Sports Ban

New York Attorney General Tish James (D) issued a cease-and-desist order to Nassau County, New York over its policy barring athletes from competing with those of a different birth gender. The move came as a Vermont Christian school was barred from athletic competition after its team forfeited a game rather than compete against a biological male in a girls’ basketball game.

attorney general’s actions came after Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman (R) issued an executive order that barred biological males from competing in girls’ and women’s sports.

The attorney general argued that the order “discriminates against transgender women and girls simply for being who they are, and against teams that include transgender women and girls on their rosters, in clear violation of New York’s Civil and Human Rights Laws.”

As part of the order, Nassau County has five days to rescind the order or “else face additional legal action.”

Blakeman said that his executive order “stops the bullying of women and girls by transgender males who have many outlets to compete without putting the safety and security of females in danger.”

“In Nassau we will continue to fight for females’ right to be safe, secure and have a level playing field to compete,” he said.

Mid Vermont Christian School was banned from athletic competitions after its team forfeited a match that its coach said could risk injuries for its athletes. The school is now suing the Vermont Principals Association over what it calls irreparable damage for “being denied participation.”

The suit claims that the Vermont educational group was “denying the Christian school and its students from participating in the state’s tuition program and sports league because of their religious beliefs.”

“The State is entitled to its own views, but it is not entitled, nor is it constitutional, to force private, religious schools across the state to follow that orthodoxy as a condition to participating in Vermont’s tuitioning program and the State’s athletic association,” the school argued.

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