April 13, 2018

Dance prodigy Freddie Linden — banned from dance because of discriminatory ‘girls only’ rule

By Dance prodigy Freddie Linden — banned from dance because of discriminatory ‘girls only’ rule

15-year-old dance prodigy Freddie Linden — banned from school dance teams by South Dakota’s discriminatory ‘girls only’ policy.

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Linden v. South Dakota High School Activities Association

Fifteen-year-old Freddie Linden of North Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been dancing since age seven. He is now an accomplished performer who competes nationally on a number of private dance teams. But Freddie cannot join his high school’s competitive dance team—because he is a boy. The South Dakota High School Activities Association established competitive dance as a “female-only” sport. The rule is a misguided effort to comply with federal Title IX requirement that violates Freddie’s constitutional right to equal protection of the laws.

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