The Task Force will host a public forum on Monday, November 15th at 5:30 p.m. to highlight and preview the mission and work plan of the Task Force. NYSBA members are invited to attend the meeting and provide comments as the Task Force undertakes its review of the legal and policy matters under consideration. Additional information coming soon!

The public forum is free to attend, but preregistration is required. Click here to register: https://nysba.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuf-qvrDouEtG0wbkwGW2NIMyob6IXpu8t

Mission Statement

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) recognizes that an unprecedented number of bills have been introduced across the nation over the past two years to ban or severely limit transgender youth from participating in school sports, targeting primarily children in grades K-12. Many of these measures are now before state, district and U.S. appellate courts (see, e.g. Hecox v. Little, Aug 2020) and B.P.J. v. West Virginia, July 2021). New York, along with local school districts and athletic associations in many states, have instituted policies that seek to both protect the civil rights of transgender persons – especially children – while also ensuring a level playing field for all athletes. However, positions that may be taken by higher courts at the federal level could potentially impact or even reverse these important safeguards.

This past year, NYSBA filed an amicus brief in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the rights of same-sex couples to provide foster childcare. NYSBA continues to champion diversity in the profession and the broader rights of LGBTQ+ persons, and all people, to fair and equal treatment under the law.

The Task Force on the Treatment of Transgender Youth in Sports would provide education and the opportunity for mutually respectful, objective, fact-based dialog to NYSBA membership on the constitutional, scientific, and social justice implications of these legislative proposals and laws impacting New Yorkers. In addition, it would address broader issues surrounding the competitive impact of existing guidelines intended to afford inclusion of athletes with Differences of Sexual Development (“SDS”) at the collegiate, Olympic, and other elite levels while ensuring fair competition. Such efforts, coupled with further study, would support a report and recommendations on these issues to the House of Delegates.

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