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NYCLU Statement on Nassau County Legislature Reportedly Introducing Anti-Trans Sports Bill   

NEW YORK – In response to reports that the Nassau County legislature will announce today legislation reinstating County Executive Blakeman’s anti-trans sports ban, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement attributable to Staff Attorney Gabriella Larios: 

“While we have not yet reviewed any actual legislative text, it is abundantly clear that any attempt to ban transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports is prohibited by our state’s antidiscrimination law. It was true when we successfully struck down County Executive Blakeman’s transphobic policy and it is true now. If the Nassau County legislature continues to push forward on such harmful legislation, we will see them in court.” 

In March 2024, the NYCLU filed a lawsuit challenging Blakeman’s executive order on behalf of the Long Island Roller Rebels, a Nassau County recreational women’s flat track roller derby league. Under the executive order, the league, which welcomes trans women, was barred from using Nassau County’s facilities. On May 10, 2024, the Nassau County Supreme Court struck down the executive order.  

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