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Trans Boy Kept Off Boys' Soccer Team in Florida Gets Apology

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A school system in Florida is apologizing after having prevented a transgender boy from playing on the boys’ soccer team.Florida has a law barring trans girls from competing on girls’ school sports teams, but it doesn’t have a similar ban on trans boys.

However, a trans boy who moved to Jacksonville from Washington State last year was told he’d have to go to the girls’ team, even after he made it through several rounds of tryouts for the boys’ team, The Florida Times-Union reports.Now officials with the Duval County School District are apologizing to the student, identified only as Zach, and say he can go out for the boys’ team next year.“During tryout season, I reached out to the head coach for the boys’ varsity team, who also happens to be my history teacher,” Zach told the Times-Union. “I wanted to know since I just moved here if it was OK [to play on the boys’ team] or if I had to go to the girls’.

He said it was all right.”But before the last round of tryouts, the coach, Brian McCrary, said Zach would have to switch to the girls’ team, citing the law, which Gov.

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