Athlete Ally celebrated news today that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to immediately reinstate a West Virginia law barring transgender athletes from playing on girls & women’s sports teams from middle school through college. This law, enacted in 2021, was challenged by 12-year old track athlete Becky Pepper-Jackson.
“Becky is a child who has found an outlet that brings her joy, along with the tremendous physical and mental health benefits we know sports brings,” said Hudson Taylor, Founder and ED of Athlete Ally. “Like all children, Becky and other transgender youth in West Virginia deserve access to the lifesaving power of sports. We are tremendously grateful for the diligence of her legal team including the ACLU and Lambda Legal who have fought so hard for this outcome, and to the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding what we know to be true: that transgender youth are in no way a threat to sports, and that transgender youth deserve to be welcome and included in the sport they love.”