Indiana Transgender Sports Prohibition Act Lawsuit Dismissed

A former Indianapolis Public Schools student who is suing the school district and state over a ban targeting transgender athletes has dropped the case, court documents filed Thursday show.

Both the defendants and plaintiffs in this case have agreed to dismiss the case on the grounds that the student identified as AM in the lawsuit is now attending a charter school and no longer an IPS school.

The lawsuit, originally filed in May 2022 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, alleged that Indiana law prohibiting transgender students from participating in all-female school sports constituted discrimination under federal law providing equal access to Education and educational programs guaranteed.

The law went into effect July 1, 2022, but a federal judge later that same month issued an injunction declaring that IPS must allow AM to rejoin their softball team. The judge wrote in her restraining order that AM had a chance of succeeding in claiming that the law violated her civil liberties.

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