Hawaiʻi Lawyer Normal Leads Coalition in Help of Transgender Pupil Athletes

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Hawaiʻi Attorney General Leads Coalition in Support of Transgender Student Athletes

Hawaiian Attorney General Clare E. Connors leads a coalition of 22 attorneys general to help promote inclusive policies that enable transgender athletes to participate in sports that match their gender identity.

The coalition is jointly led by Hawaiian Attorney General Clare E. Connors and New York Attorney General Letitia James.

In an amicus letter filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the coalition supports plaintiffs-defendants’ contesting an Idaho law that bans transgender women and girls from participating in sports that match their gender identity and stipulates that women student athletes may be subjected to an “intrusive gender verification process”. The letter argues that the law “does not promote a legitimate government interest and only serves to stigmatize and exclude an already vulnerable population”.

“Despite its title, Idaho’s ‘Fairness in Women’s Sports Act’ categorically excludes transgender women and girls from participating in women’s sports, unlike any other state in the union,” said Attorney General Connors. “The law is discriminatory and unconstitutional,” she said.

In many Amici states, transgender students are guaranteed non-discriminatory treatment in school activities and they are allowed to participate in sports that match their gender identity. The Amicus Letter states, “Amici states’ experience of managing inclusive policies contradicts the assumption underlying Idaho law that enabling transgender women and girls to participate in women’s sports jeopardizes opportunities for cisgender Students. On the contrary, according to the experiences of the Amici states, an integrative policy benefits all students. “

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Attorneys General James and Connors include the Attorneys General of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.