Gender identity dismissed in girl’s bid to join all-boys soccer team

Posted: May 2, 2013 in LGBTQ

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Soccer Nova Scotia: Girls can play on boys teams

NEWPORTAn online petition is asking an Annapolis Valley soccer association to allow a seven-year-old girl to play on an all-boys team because she self-identifies as a boy.

“Our child loves soccer and wants to play with peers,” says the petition, posted Tuesday by parent Emilie Smith of Newport, Hants County.

“The club has chosen to divide by gender and will not allow our child to identify by gender,” says the petition, which includes a photo of the girl, Lola, in a soccer uniform and about to kick a ball on a pitch.

The petition is addressed to the West HantsUnited Soccer Association. By Tuesday evening, it had garnered more than 250 names and many comments from Canada, the United States and as far away as Australia.

Lola’s parents declined requests for an interview Tuesday.


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