US Supreme Court rules on 12yo trans athlete

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The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that 12yo trans athlete Becky Pepper-Jackson can compete on her school’s girls’ sports teams.

Becky Pepper-Jackson competed on girls’ teams from when she entered middle school. However, in 2021, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed the Save Women’s Sports Act. The law compelled schools to compel students to compete solely against students of their ‘biological gender’.

Becky is the only student in the entire state affected by the law. Advocates for the now 12yo trans athlete, and her opponents, agree she is the only transgender girl wanting to play on a girls’ team in West Virginia.

Lawyers for Becky Pepper-Jackson sued her school board to allow her to continue to compete.

Judge Joseph Goodwin ruled against her in January. However, a Court of Appeals then ruled to reinstate a preliminary injunction allowing Becky to compete on a girls’ team.

West Virginia politicians responded with an emergency application to stop Becky Pepper-Jackson’s participation on her team. Lawyers for the young athlete then asked the Supreme Court to reject the application.

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court refused to disturb the appeals court order, allowing Becky Pepper-Jackson to remain on the girls’ team. Conservative Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented from the decision.

(Clarence Thomas currently faces controversy over not disclosing expensive gifts over many years from a billionaire Republican, including one trip worth an estimated $750,000.)

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey described the Supreme Court ruling as a temporary setback.

“We maintain our stance that this is a common sense law – we have a very strong case. It’s just basic fairness and common sense to not have biological males play in women’s sports.”

Becky Pepper-Jackson

Becky Pepper-Jackson previously said she would not run on a boys’ team.

“I am not a boy. I do not want to run with the boys when there is a girls’ team and I should not have to run with the boys when there is a girls’ team. Running with the girls means a lot to me because I am a girl, and I should be treated like a girl, just like all my friends who are girls.”

Also: US state’s transgender sports ban includes genital inspections.

Former Australian PM Scott Morrison backed bill to exclude trans people from sport.

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