The legal fight over Idaho’s HB500 could continue for some time, with a judge ruling Wednesday he will decide on an injunction or dismissal by Aug. 10. The law, which went into effect July 1, effectively bans transgender female athletes from competing with cisgender females. It is the most stringent anti-trans athlete law in the nation.

While U.S. District Judge David Nye contemplates his decision, at least 109 prominent organizations, companies, state leaders and LGBTQ athletes have vociferously campaigned against the measure. In recent years, conservative governors have vetoed or augmented anti-LGBTQ initiatives following pressure from the business and sports communities. Perhaps most notably, then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence approved some LGBTQ protections in the state’s religious freedom law after widespread outcry, including from the NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis.

While Gov. Brad Little signed the measure into law — on International Trans Day of Visibility, no less — he is probably feeling the pressure. The following list is not complete, so please feel free to reach out and suggest new additions. We stand united against bigotry:

LGBTQ Athletes:

Lindsay Hecox: The 19-year-old plaintiff in the case against Gov. Little and HB500. Hecox is a cross-country runner. The case is titled, Hecox v. Little.

Chris Mosier: The multi-event athlete has been vocal in his opposition, making local media appearances in Idaho to present his case for equality.

Megan Rapinoe:

Billie Jean King:

Ali Krieger:

Civil rights organizations, medical and legal services:

AAUW Boise Area Branch

AAUW Idaho

American Civil Liberties Union

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Athlete Ally

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Center for American Progress

Center for Constitutional Rights

Equal Rights Advocates

Equality California

Equality North Carolina

Family Equality


Freedom for All Americans

FreeState Justice

Gender Justice

Girls Inc.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality


Human Rights Campaign

Inclusion Playbook

interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth

Lambda Legal

Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Lurie Children’s Hospital

Mazzoni Center

Modern Military Association of America

Movement Advancement Project

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Youth Law

National Council of Jewish Women

National Equality Action Team

National Indian Education Association

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Women’s Law Center

Oasis Legal Services

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

Public Justice

Silver State Equality-Nevada

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

SPLC Action Fund

The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

The Trevor Project

Transgender Law Center

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE)

Whitman-Walker Health

Women’s Sports Foundation

Major companies (including five largest in Idaho):

AEO Inc.


Amalgamated Bank


American Airlines


Asana, Inc.


Bayer US LLC

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Capital One

Corning Incorporated


Clif Bar

CSAA Insurance Group

Dow Inc.

Dropbox Inc.

Eastern Bank



Hewlett Packard Inc.



Idaho National Laboratory

IKEA North America Services, LLC


Levi Strauss & Co.

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Lyft, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc.





Nike, Inc.




Sustainable Food Policy Alliance


Trillium Asset Management


Unilever United States



“As we have previously stated, Idaho’s House Bill 500 and resulting law is harmful to transgender student-athletes and conflicts with the NCAA’s core values of inclusivity, respect and the equitable treatment of all individuals. Further, Board of Governors policy requires host sites to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event. As such, the NCAA Board of Governors was scheduled to discuss the legislation and its implications to student-athletes at its August meeting. … It is our clear expectation that all NCAA student-athletes will be welcomed, treated with respect, and have nondiscriminatory participation wherever they compete.”

Five former Idaho attorneys general:

Jim Jones (R)

Wayne Kidwell (R)

Al Lance (R)

David Leroy (R)

Tony Park (D)

Student body leaders from Idaho’s four public universities:

“We as student leaders and as future state leaders are disappointed with your decision to sign HB 500 and HB 509 into law. “The bills are unnecessary, potentially expensive, and may produce various legal repercussions. They also conflict with the general public’s support for the transgender community.”