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AG Raoul files amicus brief supporting transgender athlete's rights
by Matt Simonette
2022-11-14

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Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul was one of an interstate coalition of attorneys general filing an amicus brief challenging an Indiana statute banning transgender female students from participating in girls' sports at their school.

The brief, submitted by 14 state attorneys general, was filed the morning of Nov. 14, according to a press release.

"No student should face discrimination or restrictions on participating in extra-curricular activities due to their gender identity," said Raoul in the release. "I will continue to work to protect transgender youth from discrimination and allow them to participate equally in activities with their peers. My office will not stop advocating for all LGBTQ+ students."

The brief, submitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was filed as part of litigation in A.M. v. Indianapolis Public Schools. In that case, a 10-year-old transgender girl was barred from participating in school sports though she had taken part with no incidents in the past.

The brief asks the appellate court to affirm a lower court's ruling that the student should not be barred from sports while the matter is litigated.

Raoul, who was elected for a second term at his post Nov. 8, was joined by attorneys general from California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington in the brief. The document can be read at tinyurl.com/4z83zcfw.


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