Families say athletic bans would exact toll on rural transgender youth

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — Katy Binstead’s 13-year-old transgender daughter, Emily Wilson, enjoyed playing basketball recreationally this past summer. When school reopened, she decided to try out for the girls basketball team at her middle school on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The school denied Emily the chance, her mother recalled, telling her to try out for the boys team instead, because her birth certificate identified her as male. As dozens of states consider legislation that would restrict transgender girls’ participation in sports, Emily and her mom are advocating for other families who may fac…

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