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New Mexico Activities Association changes policy on transgender athletes


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July 11, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A non-profit organization that regulates high school sports and activities recently changed its by-laws when it comes to transgender athletes.

Previously, schools would have allowed an athlete to participate on the girls or boys sports teams based on a physical examination by a doctor.

Now, based on a change made earlier this month, the New Mexico Activities Association will allow students to participate in sports based on the gender listed on their birth certificate or amended birth certificate.

“We think athletics and activities are good for all kids, and so we’re always going to go with it’s good for all kids … be it transgender male, be it transgender female,” said Sally Marquez, NMAA executive director.

Policy on transgender athletes changed