Lindsay is a college student at Boise State University. She wants to run on the track team so she can form friendships with other girls. A new law in Idaho would ban her from doing so because she is transgender. Lindsay sued and is represented by the ACLU and the ACLU of Idaho, Legal Voice and Cooley LLP.
Among the dozens of anti-trans laws introduced in 2020 is Idaho’s HB 500 which bans women and girls who are transgender and many women and girls who are intersex from participating in sports. Governor Brad Little signed the law, making Idaho the first state to impose an outright ban on participation of transgender athletes and the only statewide law regulating transgender and intersex athletes in the country.
Idaho already had one of the most restrictive policies in the country regulating participation of transgender athletes in high school athletics. This restrictive policy, which will be replaced by HB 500’s outright ban on participation, required girls who are transgender to complete one year of hormone therapy as part of gender transition before competing in girls’ sports. While activities associations in other states have enacted a range of policies on the inclusion of transgender student athletes, Idaho is the first state to pass a state law governing athletic participation.