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Arizona Federal Court Allows Transgender Girls to Play on Girls’ Sports Teams

TUCSON, AZ — Today, a federal judge in Arizona issued an order blocking enforcement of an Arizona law that bars all transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams. The court held that the new law likely violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and Title IX by singling out transgender girls and barring them from competing on girls’ teams regardless of their individual circumstances. The suit is brought by two Arizona girls who love sports and wish to play on their...

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Coalition of LGBTQ Organizations, Faith Institutions, Others Issue Statement of Support for LA Dodgers Pride Night

SAN FRANCISCO, CA ­– Today a coalition of LGBTQ, faith, sports, and other organizations released a statement of support for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the inclusion of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at their Pride Night tonight, Friday, June 16. GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, and Athlete Ally, a national nonprofit LGBTQ athletic advocacy group, have been in touch with the Sisters about their work and organized the statement and list of...

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Arizona’s Senate Bill (S.B.) 1165 bans transgender girls from competing on school sports teams at every grade and competition level no matter the sport and without regard for each girl’s individual circumstances. In April 2023, NCLR and the law firms Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Osborn Maledon P.A. filed a case challenging this ban, representing two transgender girls who are barred from playing the sports they love. The complaint alleges that S.B. 1165 violates the Equal Protection Clause...

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NCLR, GLAD, Trevor Project, and Coalition of Organizations Support Biden Administration’s Inclusive Title IX Athletics Rule

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and The Trevor Project – along with the National Education Association and more than a dozen other organizations – have submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education supporting its proposed rule requiring equal treatment of transgender students in school sports under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In addition to the National Education Association, the coalition of...

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NCLR Condemns House Passage of Harmful Bill Targeting Transgender Kids

For the first time in history, chamber votes to strip rights from children WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) condemns today’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 734, which would ban transgender students from participating in school sports. This bill is discriminatory and goes against the values of fairness and respect for all.Transgender students have the right to participate in school sports just like any other student. Excluding them sends a...

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NCLR Condemns House of Representatives Upcoming Vote on Harmful Bill Targeting Transgender Kids

Floor Vote on H.R. 734 Expected on Thursday WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives is moving toward a floor vote on the so-called “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023.” This mean-spirited bill, which should really be called the “Politics Over Participation Act,” would amend Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 – landmark legislation designed to eliminate discrimination in education – to mandate discrimination against transgender students in school sports....

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Arizona Families File Lawsuit Challenging the State’s Ban on Transgender Girls Playing School Sports

TUCSON, AZ – Today, two Arizona families filed a legal challenge in federal court against S.B. 1165, which prohibits transgender girls from competing in school sports. The Plaintiffs are represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Law Firms Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Osborn Maledon P.A. The law singles out transgender girls in order to exclude them from girls’ sports. It bars every transgender girl from competing on a girls’ team regardless of her medical care or...

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Utah Court Halts Law Barring Transgender Girls from Playing on Girls’ Sports Teams

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Today, the Third District Court of Utah issued an order blocking enforcement of a newly enacted law, H.B. 11, that barred all transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams. The court held that the new law likely violates the equality guarantees of the Utah Constitution by singling out transgender girls and barring them from competing on girls’ teams regardless of their individual circumstances. After a two-day hearing, the court concluded that “the Defendants do...

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NCLR Hails U.S. Soccer Board of Directors Resolution to Adopt a Ban on Discriminatory Chants at Games in the U.S., Urges Formalized Policy As Quickly as Possible

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors passed a resolution to adopt a ban on discriminatory chants at all soccer matches sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. The Board will next convert the “zero-tolerance” resolution towards homophobic chants into a formal policy for enforcement at all matches that U.S. Soccer hosts or sanctions in the United States. “While to many, it may seem like crowd chants at soccer matches may just be sophomoric attempts to distract the players on an...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2019 Contact: Shannon Minter – 415-624-6071; Email sminter@nclrights.org   “There is no justification for this intrusive and unworkable policy, which targets Caster based on racist and sexist stereotypes about how women ‘should’ look and behave.”  (New York, N.Y.)— Today, in a divided 2-1 opinion, the international Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a...

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