After months of public debate, it’s official. In Alaska, gender-confused biological males can no longer compete in high school sports that are specifically designated for girls.
The Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) board of directors approved the new rule during its Oct. 9 meeting in Anchorage. The vote was 5-3.
ASAA’s decision brings it into conformity with the State Education Board’s new policy that was adopted earlier this summer.
Since ASAA oversees high school athletics on behalf of the state, it is expected to conform with the state’s governing policy.
Previously, the state had no policy regarding transgender athletes, which allowed ASAA to have a rule allowing males who claimed to be females to compete against girls. That’s not allowed anymore.
While supporters of the policy change are celebrating what they see as a win for the integrity and safety of girls sports, many expect the issue will ultimately land in court.
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The well-funded ACLU of Alaska has already vowed to “fight this policy with everything we have.”
According to the ACLU website, the group is “pursuing potential pathways for litigation” by encouraging activists to “create and maintain a paper trail of communications.”
“If something happens at school, try to write it down as soon as possible with as many details as you can,” the ACLU website coaches potential litigants. “If you have an in-person meeting with district or school officials or staff, you can memorialize the meeting in an email afterwards.”