Transgender high school athletes in New Jersey no longer have to prove their gender identity.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association this month approved a policy that allows athletes to simply notify the school administration if they want to change gender. Previously, they needed a doctor’s note or official documentation. The organization says the transgender community didn’t believe students should have to prove their transgender status.
An appeals process will be available to schools to raise concerns about safety or competitive imbalance.
A version of this article appeared in the November 29, 2017 edition of Education Week as Transgender Athletes May Now Compete in Line With Gender Identity in New Jersey