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(CNN)The parents of a third-grade transgender child in Tennessee filed a lawsuit in federal court this week, challenging a state law that prohibits transgender students, employees, and teachers from access to the bathroom, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity.

The lawsuit was filed against the Williamson County Board of Education, and the Tennessee Department of Education in the District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff identified as D.H. is a transgender girl who started third grade this week. D.H. was assigned male at birth and since age six has identified as a girl. According to the lawsuit, the parents approached their child's school to discuss the transition. "When A.H. and E.H. met with the Elementary School about how to support D.H. in her social transitioning, the Elementary School initially agreed to use "she/her" pronouns, but did not want to make a public announcement to students," the lawsuit states.Tennessee governor signs controversial bathroom bill into law After the discussion, the 2021 School Facilities Law was signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, and went into effect. Read MoreUnder Tennessee's bathroom law, a person can seek monetary damages if school officials allow a transgender person into a bathroom or locker room that does not correspond with their gender assigned at birth when others are present. The law also allows them to sue if they are required to stay in the same sleeping quarters with someone assigned the opposite gender at birth who is not a family member."At that time, D.H.'s parents made multiple attempts to speak with various school administrators about D.H.'s transition and how the Elementary School could best support D.H. By that time, however, the Elementary School administration could not provide D.H. with the support she needed to complete her social transition as the School Facilities Law had come into full effect, preventing D.H. from using the restrooms corresponding with her gender identity, unlike the rest of her non-transgender classmates," the lawsuit states. After the law was enacted, D.H.'s school accommodated the child by letting her use one of four single-occupancy restrooms, which the lawsuit claims "reinforce the differential treatment" of D.H."By singling out transgender students for disfavored treatment and explicitly writing discrimination against transgender people into State law, the School Facilities Law violates the most basic guarantees of equal protection under the U.S. Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972," the suit claims. The defendants are named as Williamson County Board of Education; Jason Golden, director of Williamson County Schools; the Tennessee Department of Education and Penny Schwinn, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education. CNN has reached out to the attorneys representing D.H. and her parents. CNN has also reached out to Williamson County Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education whose spokespeople declined to comment on pending litigation. CNN has not received comment from its requests to all members of the Williamson County School Board, County Schools Director Jason Golden, or state education director Penny Schwinn.

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Judge hands PGA Tour win over LIV Golf as 3 players denied request to play in FedEx Cup Playoffs

(CNN)A US federal judge has ruled in favor of the PGA Tour, denying three LIV Golf players a temporary restraining order that would have allowed them to play in the first event of the Tour's postseason, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced in a memo Tuesday evening.

Last week, 11 golfers on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series filed an antitrust lawsuit to challenge their suspensions by the PGA Tour. Three of those golfers -- Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones -- were seeking a temporary restraining order so they could compete this week in the first playoff event, the FedEx St. Jude Championship, which starts Thursday in Memphis, Tennessee."The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California today denied their emergency relief request, and those players remain ineligible for PGA TOUR tournament competition, including this week's FedEx St. Jude Championship," Monahan's memo said.
    "With today's news, our players, fans and partners can now focus on what really matters over the next three weeks: the best players in the world competing in the FedExCup Playoffs, capping off an incredibly compelling season with the crowning of the FedExCup champion at the TOUR Championship," the memo said.
      The players who are part of the lawsuit are Phil Mickelson, Gooch, Swafford, Jones, Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Ian Poulter, Pat Perez, Jason Kokrak and Peter Uihlein.Read MoreLIV Golf released a short statement Tuesday, expressing disappointment. "No one gains by banning golfers from playing," officials said. The controversial LIV tour has attracted some big names from the golfing world to leave the established PGA Tour and the DP World Tour to participate for vast sums of money.Phil Mickelson, 10 other LIV golfers file antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour In June, Monahan indicated the LIV Golf Invitational Series represents a serious threat to the success of the PGA Tour.
        "If this is an arms race and if the only weapons here are dollar bills, the PGA Tour can't compete," he said. "The PGA Tour, an American institution, can't compete with a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in an attempt to buy the game of golf."We welcome good, healthy competition. The LIV Saudi Golf League is not that. It's an irrational threat; one not concerned with the return on investment or true growth of the game."Tiger Woods turned down $700-$800 million offer to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, says CEO Greg NormanCEO Greg Norman told Fox News last week that LIV Golf officials had offered Tiger Woods about $700-800 million to join the series, which he turned down.The series is backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) -- a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia -- and has pledged to award $250 million in total prize money.That has led to criticism from many PGA Tour players, including Rory McIlroy and Woods, that players have abandoned golf's traditional set up and accepted money from a country with a dismal human rights record.
          According to the PGA Tour, any golfer that joined LIV Golf was ruled ineligible to participate in tournament play since early June.LIV Golf's next three-day event is scheduled to begin September 2 in Boston.

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