Idaho transgender athlete law to be challenged in federal court

Two Idaho athletes are suing the state in federal court to block a new
law banning transgender girls and women from competing on
sex-segregated sports teams from taking effect. Republican Governor
Brad Little last month signed into law the most restrictive
regulations in the country over the participation of transgender
athletes in sports, despite warnings they will both be challenged in
court as unconstitutional. The ban, which applies to all teams
sponsored by public schools, colleges, and universities, means a
girls’ or women’s team will not be open to transgender students who
identify as female. GOP backers said the law, scheduled to take effect
July 1st, was needed because transgender female athletes have physical
advantages. Opponents said it discriminated against transgender girls
and women and would subject athletes to invasive tests to prove their
gender, likely causing some potential athletes to avoid sports. Prior
to the bill’s passage, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office said it
could be unconstitutional for several reasons, including that it could
violate a person’s right to privacy when conducting medical exams or
tests to prove their gender. The athletes’ suit is being brought on
behalf of a transgender Boise State University student who hopes to
join the track and cross-country teams. A Boise High School student is
also suing, saying she’s concerned she’ll be forced to verify her
gender through a physical exam. Both are represented by the ACLU,
Legal Voice, and others in the lawsuit expected to be filed in federal
court this week.  (Boise State Public Radio News, AP)