The debate over transgender athletes in girls' sports has reached a boiling point in Manhattan's largest school board district. Emotions ran high at a recent meeting where a resolution was passed that could potentially lead to a ban on transgender athletes from participating in female sports.

The contentious debate unfolded as the Manhattan School District voted in favor of a measure that would review the current policy allowing transgender girls to compete in girls' sports. Since 2019, students have been allowed to play sports according to their gender identity rather than their biological sex. The resolution calls for a committee to review gender guidelines and make recommendations to the New York City Department of Education.

City Council Member Eric Botcher condemned the resolution, stating that discrimination has no place in schools, the city, or the state. He reiterated that New York is a haven for transgender youth and their families.

The debate over transgender athletes is not limited to Manhattan. Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner recently showed support for transgender athletes after a county executive in Nassau County banned female sports teams with transgender athletes from using county facilities. The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the county, arguing that the policy violates state civil and human rights laws.

New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks has clarified that he opposes bans prohibiting transgender athletes from playing sports. He believes every student should be able to participate in sports and compete.

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