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Trevor Project files amicus brief in support of trans Idaho students

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Trevor Project has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Hecox v. Little.

The organization announced their filing on Tuesday. The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people under 25.

Lindsay Hecox, a transgender student at Boise State University, filed suit after Idaho passed HB 500 early in 2020. The law bars transgender women and girls from playing on college and high school sports teams that correspond with their gender identity.

According to a press release from the Trevor Project, the amicus brief provides the court insights into the serious harms inflicted on transgender and nonbinary students when they are excluded from participating in school programs and activities, like sports, as who they are.  

Research around rates of participation and wellbeing among LGBTQ youth athletes, based on data from our 2020 National Survey of over 40,000 LGBTQ youth, shows the importance of transgender and nonbinary youth having the same opportunities as cisgender youth. 

Some of the information the organization supplied to the court:

  • One in three LGBTQ youth who participated in sports reported their grades as being mostly A’s compared to one in four LGBTQ youth who did not participate in sports.
  • Transgender and nonbinary youth reported significantly lower rates of sports participation than their cisgender LGBQ peers.
  • One in three LGBTQ youth who were not “out” to anyone about their sexual orientation participated in sports compared to one in five who were “out” to all or most of those they knew. Similarly, TGNB youth who were more “out” about their gender identity were less involved in sports than those who were not “out” about their gender identity.

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