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Transgender high school athletes approved by Va. governing board

To comply with league policy, student must have undergone gender reassignment surgery
Thursday, February 20, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — The governing body of high school sports in Virginia has sanctioned the participation of transgender athletes at the state’s 313 high schools, on the condition they undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Virginia-FlagThe Virginia High School League’s executive committee approved the motion Wednesday by a unanimous vote.

The league had received inquiries from four schools about the eligibility of transgender athletes competing in sports consistent with their gender identity, reported The Richmond Time-Dispatch.

But to comply with the league’s policy, the athlete will have to make physiological changes, too.

The student must have undergone gender reassignment surgery, and hormonal therapy such that it minimizes gender-related advantages in sports competition.

As defined by the league, a transgender student is defined as is one “whose gender identity differs from the student’s birth sex.” It continues that gender “identity is a person’s deeply felt internal sense of being male or female.”

According to the league, 18 states have enacted similar legislation.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. So not real approval as that’s the type of thing that is the problem >.>

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:47pm
  2. so, they probably can’t play sports at all. transgender teens don’t have surgery that young. not without parental consent.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:47pm
  3. Great point!

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:09pm
  4. not to mention finding a doctor who will comply with operating on a teen.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:17pm
  5. ugh… so close yet so far.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:48pm
  6. A positive step, but aren’t transgender people BORN that way and are still “transgender” even BEFORE re-assignment surgery? I ask because I am gay and have never been anything but gay.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:49pm
  7. They are, yes, and since they aren't fully grown in high school, they won't have been able to have reassignment surgery yet at all, for the most part since you aren't supposed to get plastic surgery until you're finished growing, and many transgender individuals choose not to get surgery at all, and others want it but cannot afford it, so it's really a step that's giving lip service to equality without actually offering equality at all.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:00pm
  8. Great point!!

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:06pm
  9. Laim its also not super great to do so that youg s their bodies are still growing i hate my state.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:50pm
  10. How many students are going to be able to comply with this? They have to have completed the entire process? That’s a long process for some and it’s not cheap. Seems to me like they are “allowing” transgender athletes but putting unrealistic expectations on them.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:50pm
  11. Zero .. That’s how many.. Stupid

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:54pm
  12. Just let them play, they should not have to have surgery just to play

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:55pm
  13. I agree with Robert. Its like dangling food in front of a starving child one foot too high for them to jump and get it. Its not right. L.t. u should see this bologna

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:56pm
  14. Not at all a positive step, since high school students aren’t fully grown, and therefore they generally will NOT have had reassignment surgery, if they choose to go through the procedure at all…not all transgender individuals do.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:58pm
  15. They should then provide said surgery.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:59pm
  16. Thanks for nothing

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:02pm
  17. Not to sound uninformed, but wouldn’t a male who hasn’t undergone surgery or hormone suppression and just identifying have a more competitive edge playing on a female team because of testosterone?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:10pm
  18. I keep forgetting that I’m not really trans unless I’ve gone through all of the surgeries. Silly me.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:29pm
  19. Isn’t it amazing that we are so focused on what is in each other pants?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:31pm
  20. WHY THE FUCK IS GOVERNMENT APPROVING WHO IS AND WHO IS NOT ALLOWED TO BE IN SPORTS IN HIGHSCHOOL?!?!?! IM SORRY I THOUGHT THIS WAS MURKA

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:33pm
  21. Also, if they are going through the surgeries, they won’t have much game time or even practice. I honestly think this is lip service to the uninformed rather than a step forward for transgender students.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:34pm