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Lawmakers Try to Reverse Transgender-Athletes Policy

By Bryan Toporek — March 24, 2015 1 min read

GOP lawmakers in both chambers of the Minnesota legislature have introduced companion bills that would undo the state high school league’s new policy on transgender student-athletes.

If passed, students would only be allowed to participate on sports teams that align with the gender with which they were born. Under the bill, public school restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, and shower rooms must all “be designated for the exclusive use by students of the male sex only or by students of the female sex only.”

In December, the Minnesota State High School League approved the policy that allows transgender student-athletes to compete on sports teams that align with their gender identity, beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 25, 2015 edition of Education Week as Lawmakers Try to Reverse Transgender-Athletes Policy

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