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Federal Court Blocks WV Transgender Sports Ban; Supreme Court Lets Idaho Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Now

HeadlineApr 17, 2024

In a major win for LGBTQ rights advocates, a federal appeals court has blocked West Virginia’s measure banning transgender children and youth from participating in public school and college sports. The ruling stemmed from a case involving 13-year-old Becky Pepper-Jackson, a trans athlete who’s been challenging West Virginia’s ban since 2021.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is allowing Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth while lawsuits over the measure are heard in lower courts. Under the law, physicians in Idaho face up to 10 years in prison for providing hormones, puberty blockers or other gender-affirming care to trans children under the age of 18.

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