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Medical Groups Support Transgender Athletes in Connecticut Suit

Oct. 12, 2021, 8:40 PM

The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics and eight other medical organizations urged the Second Circuit Tuesday to affirm a lower court ruling dismissing a suit seeking to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports in Connecticut public schools.

Policies that exclude transgender kids from participating in sports increase the risk of “anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, engaging in self-injurious behaviors, suicide, substance use, homelessness, and eating disorders among other adverse outcomes,” the AMA said in its friend of the court brief.

Exclusionary policies have a “particularly deleterious effect” on the social and emotional development of children ...

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