Nebraska high schools may soon allow transgender athletes

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The group that governs Nebraska high school sports is drafting a policy on allowing transgender athletes to compete because there has been some interest in it.

The Omaha World-Herald reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1F9ucAS ) the Nebraska School Activities Association’s board has asked staff to draft rules for transgender athletes.

At least 38 other states have already adopted such policies although they vary widely. The Nebraska School Activities Association had been waiting until there was clear demand for such a policy.

NSAA Executive Director Jim Tenopir says at least two transgender students have expressed interest in participating in winter sports this year.

Currently, transgender students in Nebraska can only participate in sports on a team that matches the gender on their birth certificate, not the gender they identify themselves as.

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