Letitia James Charged With Bullying As Trump Case Continues To Take Center Stage

By Robert Cunningham, updated on March 19, 2024

In a striking political move, Nassau County has thrown the gauntlet in an ongoing battle over transgender rights and sports.

According to a Fox News report, Letitia James faces accusations of overreach as Nassau County officials filed a lawsuit amidst the ongoing Trump legal saga.

Nassau County Officials Challenge State Authority

Nassau County is not shying away from confrontation, as evidenced by its latest legal challenge. Republican leaders in the county have taken a firm stand against New York Attorney General Letitia James by contesting her cease-and-desist order. At the heart of the matter is a county executive order that prohibits trans women and girls from participating in female sports at county-owned facilities.

The ban, implemented by Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman in February, has been met with considerable pushback. The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a women's roller derby team, challenging the county's right to enforce such a prohibition. Caitlyn Jenner, a public figure known for her Olympic past and trans identity, has publicly sided with Blakeman, calling New York a "living hellscape" and criticizing the state's legal priorities.

The debate raises critical questions about gender identity and the rights of individuals to participate in sports according to their gender identity. Nassau County's stance has brought the broader national discourse on the issue to the forefront. Approximately 100 county-owned venues are caught in the middle of this legal tug-of-war.

The Legal Battle Over Gender Identity in Sports

The lawsuit brought by Nassau County against Attorney General James has stirred up significant attention, with officials claiming the cease-and-desist order is unconstitutional. The county's ban has sparked a debate about the intersection of gender identity and athletics, particularly when it comes to legally recognized protections for transgender individuals. Nassau County argues that its executive order simply seeks to maintain categories for biological females in sports, not to exclude trans athletes from competition altogether.

David Gelman, a spokesperson for Nassau County, made their position clear: "Nassau County’s position is grounded in the reality that a person who is born as a male but who identifies as a female is still in fact a biological male."

The NYCLU lawsuit claims the ban violates New York's Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), alleging it infringes upon the rights of trans individuals. Gabriella Larios, an NYCLU attorney, emphasized the need for inclusion and support for trans athletes rather than subjecting them to political targeting. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for James' office labeled Blakeman’s executive order as "transphobic and discriminatory."

Tension Between Local Governance and State Directives

The conflict between Nassau County and the state of New York represents a microcosm of the national debate on transgender participation in sports. Bruce Blakeman has defended his executive order, insisting it operates within legal bounds and allows trans athletes to compete, though not in female-exclusive categories. His assertion that the order is not anti-trans but rather protective of women and girls reflects a sentiment echoed by some in the conservative community.

Caitlyn Jenner, who joined Blakeman at a news briefing, expressed her concerns about the future of women's sports, suggesting that a progressive agenda could potentially harm the integrity of female athletics. On the other hand, Attorney General James has been vocal in her opposition to the county's policy, with her office describing Blakeman's actions as discriminatory.

The surrounding events, including public criticism of James' legal actions against former President Donald Trump and the chants at a recent FDNY promotion ceremony, add another layer to the political dynamics of this case. As the lawsuit progresses, it will likely continue to stir emotions and debate on both sides of the issue.


Nassau County has taken a bold stance against New York State Attorney General Letitia James by filing a federal lawsuit in response to a cease-and-desist order concerning a local ban on trans women and girls in female sports. The legal and political battles reflect the tension between local governance and state-level directives, with Nassau County officials, including Bruce Blakeman, asserting the importance of maintaining traditional gender categories in sports while James and the NYCLU defend the rights of transgender individuals.

Caitlyn Jenner's support for Nassau County's position and criticism of New York State politics have added a high-profile dimension to the debate. As the case continues, it will significantly contribute to the ongoing national conversation about gender identity and sports participation.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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