New York Supreme Court shoots down Long Island county transgender athlete ban

Judge Francis Ricigliano ruled Friday that Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman (R-NY) did not have the authority to issue the order.

“With the stated goal of protecting women’s and girls’ rights to compete athletically, the County Executive issued an Executive Order aimed at preventing transgender women from participating in girls’ and women’s athletics at Nassau County parks, despite there being no corresponding legislative enactment providing the County Executive with the authority to issue such an order,” Ricigliano said in the 13-page decision.


“The plaintiffs conceded that I had the authority to issue the Executive Order and the judge on his own went out of his way to avoid ruling on the merits,” Blakeman told the New York Post.

The New York Civil Liberties Union had previously filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Long Island Roller Rebels that alleged discrimination based on gender identity from the order.


“Today’s decision is a victory for those who believe that transgender people have the right to participate in sports just like everyone else,” Amanda Urena, president of the Roller Rebels, said in a statement, ABC News reported.

New York Attorney General Letitia James previously demanded that the Nassau County Executive recant his order along with a cease-and-desist letter and said the Friday decision was a “major victory.”

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