WSF Releases Amicus Brief with Lambda Legal and Athlete Ally, Supporting CIAC

Published on November 17th, 2021

In 2021 alone, eight states passed and signed laws that ban transgender athletes from sports with a majority specifically targeting transgender girls and women. Transgender girls and women continue to be excluded from sport, keeping them from gaining the benefits that come from participating in sports. 

The Women’s Sports Foundation, Athlete Ally and Lambda Legal partnered to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, urging the court to affirm a lower court ruling dismissing a challenge to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s (CIAC’s) trans-inclusive policy enabling transgender students to participate in school sports. 

Top athletes in women’s sports joined WSF, Athlete Ally and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association as signatories and in expressing their support for transgender girls and women in sports. With nearly 150 athlete signatories to the brief, this incredible group stands together in the fight for equality that all girls and all women in sports deserve.

You can read the text of the brief here, and WSF’s joint release about the brief here. See below for a list of some of the prominent athlete signatories.

Billie Jean King

Megan Rapinoe

Layshia Clarendon

Meghan Duggan

Phaidra Knight

Aimee Mullins

Brianna Turner

Meike Babel

Gwen Berry

Jaycee Cooper

Imani Dorsey

Grete Eliassen

Sophia Herzog

Angela Hucles

Veronica Ivy

Lori Lindsey

Oksana Masters

Kaiya McCollough

Jessica Mendoza

Elena Meyers Taylor

Nzingha Prescod

Maya Reddy

Angela Ruggiero

Becky Sauerbrunn

Naya Tapper

CeCé Telfer

Chelsea Wolfe