13-year-old sues Florida over transgender school athlete ban
TALLAHASSEE. FLA. (AP) – A teenager is suing the state of Florida over a new law that bans transgender females from playing on girls’ sports teams in public schools.
The 13-year-old transgender girl sued Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Wednesday arguing that the ban is discriminatory and will deprive her of opportunities.
The Broward County girl, Daisy, has played on girls soccer teams since she was 7, but will no longer be able to do so on school teams under the law that takes effect Thursday.
Participating in sports has given her leadership skills and provided her a social network and support system, according to the lawsuit filed on her behalf by the Human Rights Campaign in a federal court in Fort Lauderdale. The lawsuit only identifies her as “D.N.” to protect her privacy. The group said her name is Daisy. She also planned to try out for a high school volleyball team.
“Depriving her of these opportunities will have a long-term impact on her future. It also will create a sense of shame and diminish her positive sense of self, which can have lifelong consequences,” the suit says. The new law “also sends a message to (Daisy’s) current and future teammates that there is something wrong with her.”
The bill was signed by the Florida governor on June 1, the first day of Pride Month. It requires anyone participating in girls athletics to have an original birth certificate that states they are female.
Daisy began taking hormone blockers to stop testosterone when she was 11 and began receiving estrogen this year, according to the lawsuit. It says because of the treatments, she has no competitive advantage because of her sex assigned at birth.
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