Transgender athlete takes girls’ track title after court win; five girls refuse to compete

It was a week to remember for West Virginia track-and-field athlete Becky Pepper-Jackson, but not so much for the girls competing against the transgender teen.
The Bridgeport Middle School eighth-grader won the girls’ shot-put event Thursday at the Harrison County Middle School Championships, trouncing the second-place girl’s throw by more than three feet. Pepper-Jackson also placed second in the discus.

Those podium performances were made possible by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled 2–1 Tuesday in favor of Pepper-Jackson’s lawsuit challenging the state’s 2021 law barring male-born athletes from female scholastic sports.

Female athletes upset about competing against biological males who identify as the opposite sex typically grin and bear it, lest they be accused of transphobia, but not this time.
Five girls from Lincoln Middle School engaged in a silent protest by stepping into the circle when it was their turn to compete, and then stepping out without making a throw, as reported by OutKick, which posted video of the protest. …

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