Education Sports

Brown University Faces Challenge for Unequal Elimination of Varsity Teams

Plaintiffs in a 1992 lawsuit are challenging Brown University in court for violating its settlement agreement, arguing that the school’s recent demotion of multiple varsity sports teams did not protect gender equity. The motion, filed by the ACLU of Rhode Island and advocacy organization Public Justice, argues that the recent cuts to varsity teams further […]

Courts Education LGBTQ Sports

Inclusion of Transgender Student Athletes Found to Violate Title IX

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found that a Connecticut high school athletics policy that allows transgender students to participate in sports teams that match their gender identity violates federal law and could cost the state federal education funding. A 45-page letter, dated May 15, explained that the decision was based on the […]

Courts LGBTQ Sports

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Idaho Transgender Athlete Ban

The ACLU has filed a complaint in Boise federal court on Wednesday, April 14 following Idaho Governor Brad Little’s signing of a bill banning the participation of transgender women and girls from women’s public and university sports into law on March 30. The lawsuit challenges the new law, set to go into effect on July […]

Courts Sports

U.S. Women’s Soccer Players Seek More than $66 Million in Damages

Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages in their gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation. The papers were filed this past Thursday at the Los Angeles U.S. District Court. The trial date for the lawsuit is set for May 5. Included within these papers […]

LGBTQ Sports

High School Girls Suing to Prohibit Transgender Athletes from School Sports

On Wednesday, three female high school athletes filed a federal lawsuit to block the participation of transgender students in girls’ sports. Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, and Alanna Smith all of whom attend different high schools in Connecticut are being backed by Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative nonprofit organization in their lawsuit against the athletic conference. […]

LGBTQ Sports

Katie Sowers Paves the Way for Female NFL Coaches

Katie Sowers, an offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, made history yesterday as the first female and openly LGBT coach in the Super Bowl. Sowers, 33, has worked long and hard to get to where she is. Off the field, she graduated from the University of Central Missouri after earning her Masters and […]

LGBTQ Sports

Idaho Legislator to Introduce Bill Banning Transgender Women from Women’s Sports

Idaho legislator Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) says that she is planning on introducing legislation that would ban transgender individuals from competing on high school sports teams that do not correspond with their birth sex. While claiming that the legislation has “nothing to do” with anti-LGBT legislation, Ehardt is calling on the Idaho legislature to […]

Economy Sports

WNBA and Players’ Union Propose Historic Collective Bargaining Agreement

In a time where female athletes across sports are speaking out against gender discrimination and pay inequalities, the WNBA has positioned itself as a leader by coming to a potential collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players’ union that features salary increases, maternal and family leave benefits, and improved travel accommodations. This agreement takes steps […]

Global LGBTQ Sports

Transgender Cyclist Wins Cycling Championship, Gets Criticism from Competitors

Rachel McKinnon is dominating the women’s cycling field, yet is receiving backlash from her fellow competitors. This 37-year old Canadian woman won at the Masters Track World Cycling Championships in Manchester, England in the 35-39 age category 200-meter sprint. McKinnon is celebrating breaking a world record and her second consecutive world title. Her success was […]

Activism Sports

Vermont High School Girls’ Soccer Team Penalized for Equal Pay Protest

A Vermont girls’ high school took off their jerseys during a game on Friday to reveal shirts with the slogan #EqualPay, after scoring their first goal of the night.   The referees issued yellow cards in response to the protest, penalizing the team. According to league rules, players are not allowed to remove their jerseys during a […]

LGBTQ Sports

Megan Rapinoe Named FIFA’s Women’s Player of the Year

U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe was named FIFA’s Best Women’s Player in the World after the U.S. soccer team won the Women’s World Cup this summer. Rapinoe gave a moving speech after winning, asking other FIFA players to stand up and fight for social justice. She said she hopes to see “everybody outraged about equal […]

Sports

High School Swimmer Disqualified from Race after Swimsuit Violates Modesty Rule

A high school swimmer won her 100-meter race, only to be disqualified for having her school-issued swimsuit be deemed too revealing. The Alaska School Activities Association has reviewed and determined that the disqualification of a high school teenager for breaking the modesty rule was the “result of the misapplication of the rule and as a […]