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An 11-year-old transgender girl is suing her state after she tried to join her school’s cross-country team, but was told that a new law prohibits her from participating.
Becky Pepper-Jackson started running with her mother when she was just five-years-old. She was hoping to join the Bridgeport Middle School girls’ cross-country team in West Virginia when school reopened this year. Her two older brothers started running cross-country at the same age.
But her school principal called a meeting with her and her parents last month and told her that she could not join the girls’ team due to H.B. 3293 , a bill signed by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) in April that bans transgender girls from participating in school sports as their gender.
Becky knew that she was a girl since she was four-years-old. She started presenting as a girl and going by her current name in elementary school. She also joined a cheerleading squad and loved it.
But going into middle school, she wanted to run cross-country.
“I was always like, ‘I want to run,’” she told The Lily .The principal told her that if she wanted to run, she would have to join the boys’ team, even though she’s not […]