Transgender Runner Must Be Allowed To Compete For Girls Team Despite West Virginia Ban On Biological Males In Women’s Sports, Judge Rules

Transgender Runner Must Be Allowed To Compete For Girls Team Despite West Virginia Ban On Biological Males In Women’s Sports, Judge Rules


A biologically male runner in West Virginia must be allowed to compete as part of a girls’ cross-country team, a judge ruled Thursday, despite West Virginia’s recently passed ban on biological males competing in women’s sports.

The judge issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, allowing middle schooler, Becky Pepper-Jackson, to “sign up for and participate in school athletics in the same way as her girl classmates” while the ban is litigated, according to a report from the Daily Caller. The injunction allows Pepper-Jackson to try out for the girls’ cross-country team, though there is no guarantee that Pepper-Jackson will make the squad.

West Virginia is one of a handful of states to pass laws barring biological males from competing in women’s athletic events — bans borne of several instances where biological males have beaten biological females in competitions that purported to be for women only.

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“West Virginia recently passed the ‘Save Women’s Sports Bill,’ which prohibits transgender girls from participating on most

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