Q: My daughter is transgender. She transitioned socially at the start of this school year but hadn't begun hormone therapy
yet. Her school district is telling her she can't try out or compete on the girls recreational volleyball team. Is this true?
A: The federal law on this particular issue is in a state of flux. California has a very strong law for transgender students. See Edu. Code 221
Sorry. My phone submitted my answer before I was finished.
As I was saying, California has a very strong law with Edu. Code 221.5. With that said, this is a highly contentious issue and some Districts have refused to comply with the law.
I would begin hiring an attorney to write a lawyer letter to the District. The letter will put the District's counsel on notice that the District isn't complying with the law. If the district continues to refuse to allow your daughter to participate in athletics, you'll need to file a lawsuit.
I know a very capable attorney who does this kind of work in California and Washington. Please email me if you would like a referral.
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