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Va. transgender students can play sports in gender they identify with

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Feb 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-19 16:05:28-05

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WTVR) — Transgender students in Virginia will now be allowed to play sports in the gender of their choice.

WCAV reports the Virginia High School League (VHSL) adopted the new policy during a meeting Wednesday.

The organization approved the measure to allow students who have undergone sex re-assignment surgery or hormone therapy to participate in sports in the gender they identify with.

VHSL Executive Director Ken Tilley said that while it is new territory for everyone,  18 other states currently have similar policies.

Additionally, Tilley said there have already been eight inquiries in Virginia for transgender students requesting to play high school sports.

The policy was approved in a 27-0 vote.