Girls’ Basketball Team Chooses To Forfeit Playoff Match Over Facing Biological Male Opponent

“I liked to drink, and I had a drug problem, and that didn’t jibe with Sarah Jessica, because it is the furthest thing from what she is,” Downey remembered of the time. “She provided me a home and understanding. She tried to help me. She was so miffed when I didn’t get my act together… I was in love with Sarah Jessica, and love clearly was not enough.”

The team’s forfeit sent the Long Trail Mountain Lions to the quarterfinals, during which they lost to No. 4 seed Arlington, according to local outlets.

State law in Vermont prohibits discrimination against student athletes on the basis of their gender identity and says that any dispute over a student’s ability to play because their biological gender doesn’t match their gender identity must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The state’s Education Agency says that best practice entails providing transgender and gender nonconforming students ‘the same opportunities to participate in physical education as are all other students.’

‘Generally, students should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity. Participation in competitive athletic activities and sports will be resolved on a case-by-case basis.’

The agency also advised that transgender students should not be required to use the bathroom or locked room ‘that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.’

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