WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice filed two statements of interest in litigation challenging state laws that violate the legal rights of transgender young people. In one statement, the Department of Justice asserts that Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment protects transgender students’ participation in school athletics, and that West Virginia’s law prohibiting transgender women and girls from playing on teams consistent with their gender identity (WV HB 3293), enacted in April of 2021, violates federal law. The other statement of interest asserts that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment protects transgender young people from discrimination in access to medical care, and that the Arkansas’ law (AR HB 1570) that prohibits medical providers from providing transgender youth with certain medically necessary care, enacted by the legislature in April of 2021, violates the Constitution. Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement in response to the action taken today by the Biden Administration’s Department of Justice:
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