Mat-Su schools’ ban on transgender girl athletes raises concern for ACLU, may violate federal law

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The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District board on Wednesday approved an activities policy that would prohibit transgender girls from competing in girls sports. The action comes as federal agencies continue to affirm legal protection for people discriminated against based on gender identity.

Attempting to ban transgender girls from playing on girls’ teams constitutes illegal discrimination under the federal law known as Title IX, according to the ACLU of Alaska. Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination in any education program or activity offered by a school that receives federal funding.

“The Mat-Su, and any other school board or district that’s considering this, is putting themselves in legal peril, and this kind of litigation

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