Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Greenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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Re-leveling the playing field

Family | States work to stop unfair advantages of cross-sex competition
by Mary Jackson
Posted 3/13/20, 05:16 pm

Three Connecticut high school girls set off a wave of state legislative proposals aimed at blocking male athletes from participating in women’s sports.

Runners Selina Soule of Glastonbury High School, Alanna Smith of Danbury High School, and Chelsea Mitchell of Canton High School filed a federal lawsuit last month accusing Connecticut’s high school athletic governing body of violating a federal law that demands equal opportunities for women in education.

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A ‘torturous and unnecessary path’

Sexuality | A former teen patient sues a ‘gender identity development’ facility in the U.K.
by Mary Jackson
Posted 3/06/20, 03:47 pm

Speaking with a deepened voice and a stubbled face, Keira Bell expressed anger toward the London gender clinic that prescribed her puberty blockers at age 16. She went on to take cross-sex hormones and had a double mastectomy in an attempt to become a man.

“I should have been challenged more,” Bell, now 23 and identifying as a woman, told the BBC. “No one was there to say anything different.”

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Parents fight back

Family | Schools are sidestepping the families of gender-dysphoric children
by Mary Jackson
Posted 2/28/20, 03:48 pm

By the time Jay Keck learned his 14-year-old autistic daughter identified as a boy, she had already come out at her Hinsdale, Ill., high school. Without his or his wife’s knowledge, the school’s faculty and staff accepted her new identity. Teachers referred to her by a new masculine name.

“In my attempt to help her, her public school undermined me every step of the way,” Keck wrote in USA Today.

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