Judge: Transgender Runner Must Be Allowed To Compete With Girls

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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