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***This was one of the most popular stories of 2021 at The Iowa Standard. During this time of year, when things slow down, we like revisiting some of the most popular stories from the year.***

On Saturday we told you about the Pella Aquatic Center allowing a middle teenaged biological female to go topless and use the men’s facilities because she identifies as a male.


Two employees of the aquatic center verified the incident happened. The assistant manager said the incident is in line with the policies of the aquatic center set by the city council.

Today the city doubled down on its policy:

The City of Pella has received concerns related to the swimming attire of a patron who recently visited the Pella Aquatic Center. The City has reviewed the matter with legal counsel and no further action will be taken. The City considers this matter concluded.

The City of Pella operates its facilities consistent with state and federal law, which prohibits discrimination against any patron or participant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability.”


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