AFF Stands


In a significant ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that West Virginia’s transgender sports ban discriminates against a 13-year-old athlete under Title IX, as reported by Associated Press. The court ruled 2-1 that the law could not be applied to Becky Pepper Jackson, who has been publicly identifying as a girl since third grade and has been taking puberty-blocking medication. However, the court did not overturn the ban entirely, noting its specific application to this case.

This ruling represents a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal, and transgender athletes nationwide. The court emphasized that forcing Becky to choose between participating in boys’ teams or not participating at all was not a genuine choice, considering her social transition and medical treatment. This decision underscores the importance of allowing transgender athletes to compete in accordance with their gender identity.

At the Athletes For Freedom Foundation (AFF), we firmly support equality in sports, regardless of gender, political views, or any other factors. This case highlights the ongoing struggle for inclusivity and fair treatment in athletics, aligning with our mission to ensure all athletes have the freedom to participate as their true selves.