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 of the U.S. Constitution, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act by banning these girls from playing school sports.
The affected girls are attempting to block the law’s enforcement through a preliminary injunction. A hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction is scheduled in late June 2023.
In the meantime, you can learn more about the case by reading our press release.