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Transgender athletes get OK by Va. governing board

Thursday - 2/20/2014, 3:40am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The governing body of high school sports in Virginia has sanctioned the participation of transgender athletes at the state's 313 high schools.

The Virginia High School League's executive committee approved the motion Wednesday by a unanimous vote.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch said the league had received inquiries about the eligibility of transgender athletes from four schools.

As defined by the league, a transgender student is defined as is one "whose gender identity differs from the student's birth sex." It continues that gender "identity is a person's deeply felt internal sense of being male or female."

According to the league, 18 states have enacted similar legislation.


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