New York state Attorney General Letitia James is backing an effort with 17 state attorneys general to support a bid by a transgender student athlete in Indiana to participate in girls' K-12 sports.

James signed onto a legal brief backing the student's right to participate in girls' softball following the approval of a law that bans transgender female athletes from taking part in girls' sports.

“Transgender students should be afforded the same opportunities as their peers without facing discrimination or stigma,” James said in a statement. “Transgender students participating on the sports team that fits their identity does not reduce opportunity for anyone. It uplifts all students by creating a more inclusive environment. I will continue to fight against efforts that discriminate against people based on their identity.”

James' support for the brief is the latest effort from a New York official to support rights for transgender New Yorkers. Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved a measure meant to bar discrimination against transgender New Yorkers in facets of life like housing and employment.

The brief backed by James' office and filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit argues the athlete has the right to continue to participate in a sports team that correspondents with her gender identity.

The brief argues the Indiana law violates Title IX provisions of 1972 on the basis that it denies transgender girls access to the same opportunities of athletic opportunities. The brief also argues the only intent of the Indiana law is to exclude and stigmatize transgender students and violates equal protection under the law.

New York, along with attorneys general in Hawai’i, California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia, signed onto the brief.

The legal brief is the latest one James has backed in legal battles over students who are transgender. In August, James' office signed onto to a brief challenging an Indiana school district policy that bars transgender students from using a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Her office also opposed a similar policy put in place in a Florida school district last year.