In his article, Michael J. Lenzi, second-year law student at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) and a member of the American University Law Review, discusses the constitutionality of state regulations concerning the inclusion of transgender students on high school athletic teams. Lenzi first examines the history and purpose of single-sex sports in public schools, and weighs the constitutionality of three major state policies across the country on transgender high school student-athletes. He then argues that state policies that require transgender students to compete on teams corresponding to their sex at birth, without exception, violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Lenzi concludes by calling on high school athletic associations to “deeply consider whether they want to prioritize notions of fair competition over acknowledgement of the dignity and well-being of transgender girls who may be harmed by any policy short of full inclusion.”

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