School That Declined To Have Female Athletes Play Against Trans Player Takes Legal Action Over Sports Ban

Mid Vermont Christian School forfeited a playoff game in girl’s basketball in February, citing concerns about the safety of their players. The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA), the governing body for high school sports in the state, later informed the religious school that they would be banned from the league’s state-run competitions for the decision.

“Specifically, the school’s actions do not meet the expectations of the VPA’s 1st and 2nd policy, Commitment to Racial, Gender Fair and Disability Awareness and Policy Of Gender Identity, respectively.


The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a district court, claims that the state forced the religious school to violate its sincerely held beliefs about sexuality and gender. Among the plaintiffs named in the case are players who are allegedly “losing out” on participating in state sport competitions.

“Forcing Mid Vermont Christian’s female athletes to compete against biological males … raises safety concerns for the School’s female athletes, as reflected by the VPA’s boys/girls fairness policy,” the lawsuit states, citing injuries suffered by female players competing against males in contact sports.

A Christian school based in Vermont filed a lawsuit against state officials after the school was banned from participating in the state’s sports leagues and a tuition program because of its policies related to transgender athletes.

“The biological male on Long Trail’s team is taller than any girl on Mid Vermont Christian’s team,” the lawsuit continues.


The lawsuit asks the court to rule the state’s banning of the school from state-run sport activities as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.

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