The federal judge blocked the state from enforcing its trans-exclusionary school sports law against 11-year-old Becky Pepper-Jackson.
“I'm not ashamed of it. I'm not embarrassed by it, it’s part of who I am,” Christian conservative Josh Higginbotham said in a video.
He's a reincarnation of another West Virginia senator who held back progress.
Jim Justice could not cite one factual example of trans girls or women exerting an advantage over cisgender athletes.
Gov. Jim Justice said signing the bill was the right thing to do and that he was proud to do so despite the threat of repercussions.
The state's Senate approved a bill with such a ban Thursday, after the House of Delegates OK'd a slightly different version; they must be reconciled before going to Gov. Jim Justice.
West Virginia's Medicaid program and its state employee health plan both refuse to pay for gender-confirmation care.