Rainbow Flag Syndication: Camarillo

Last month, a federal appeals court decision determined that a West Virginia law banning transgender girls and women from competing in girls and women’s sports could not be enforced, allowing a 13-year-old transgender student to compete in a middle school track and field competition. That decision led some girls to boycott the competition.

According to a report from OutKick, five girls from an opposing school “stepped out” of the competition in order to protest the decision to allow the transgender girl to compete with other girls. Four of the five girls recently joined OutKick’s “Gaines For Girls” podcast to discuss their decision.

“A lot of schools from our district started saying things about it, saying that we shouldn’t have done that and that we’re just letting our teammates down,” one of the girls said. “And we pretty much just ignored them because we know what’s right, and we know what we’re what we’re doing is right.”

“I feel like if everyone steps out, then it will finally open everybody’s eyes and realize that this is wrong and that something needs to change,” another girl added.

The five girls who protested were initially suspended for the next track and field meet by their head coach as a result of their decision to protest. However, after the West Virginia Attorney General filed a lawsuit on their behalf, the court ruled that the girls must be allowed to compete.