Virginia (USA)

The Virginia High School League announced that it would allow transgender student-athletes to compete on teams opposite of their birth gender, provided their sex-reassignment surgery has minimized “gender-related advantages in sports competition.”  The surgery involves the removal of external sex organs and ovaries or testes and hormonal therapy. The Virginia High School League reviewed policies from the 18 states that have guidelines involving transgender athletes and settled on the physiological standards, said Ken Tilley, the executive director.

“We felt that would fit best with us, and we were most comfortable with that position,” he said.

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