A 13-year-old transgender girl has sued Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over a new law that bars her from competing in high school sports.
The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, argues that the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” is discriminatory and will deprive the Broward County teen of opportunities.
The bill, signed by DeSantis on June 1, requires anyone participating in girls athletics in public schools to have an original birth certificate that states they are female.
The teen, Daisy, has played on girls soccer teams since she was 7, but will no longer be able to when the law takes effect Thursday. She also planned to try out for a high school volleyball team.
Taking part in school sports has taught her leadership skills and given her a social network and support system, according to the suit, filed on her behalf by the Human Rights Campaign.
“Depriving her of these opportunities will have a long-term impact on her future. It also will create a sense of shame and diminish her positive sense of self, which can have lifelong consequences,” the filing states.
The girl — who is identified only as “D.N.” in the suit to protect her privacy — began taking hormone blockers to stop testosterone when she was 11. She began receiving estrogen this year, the filing states.
Because of those treatments, she does not have a competitive advantage over girls assigned that sex at birth, the suit says.
“If (Daisy) does not have the option to play girls’ sports in high school and college, she will not be able to play sports at all and will lose the benefits of being part of the team network that has supported her emotionally and psychologically,” the filing states.
The new law “also sends a message to (Daisy’s) current and future teammates that there is something wrong with her,” the suit says.
DeSantis’ office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press.
With Post wires