Lindsay is a college student at Boise State University. She wants to run on the track team so she can form friendships with other girls. A new law in Idaho would ban her from doing so because she is transgender. Lindsay is suing and is being represented by the ACLU and the ACLU of Idaho, Legal Voice and Cooley LLP

Among the dozens of anti-trans laws introduced in 2020 is Idaho’s HB 500, which bans women and girls who are transgender and many women and girls who are intersex from participating in sports.

Governor Brad Little signed HB 500 into law on March 30, 2020, making Idaho the first state in the nation to impose an outright ban on participation of transgender athletes and the only with a statewide law regulating transgender and intersexed athletes.

Idaho already had one of the most restrictive policies in the country regulating participation of high school transgender athletes. That policy, which will be replaced by HB 500’s outright ban on participation, requires girls who are transgender to complete one year of hormone therapy as part of gender transition before competing in girls’ sports.

Lindsay is being represented by counsel from the ACLU National LGBT & HIV Project, ACLU of Idaho, Legal Voice and Cooley, LLP.


Ritchie Eppink, Gabriel Arkles, Chase Strangio, James Esseks, Catherine West, Kathleen Hartnett, Elizabeth Prelogar, Andrew Barr

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Cooley, LLP

Date filed

April 15, 2020


United States District Court Court for the District of Idaho



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