Three Connecticut high school girls, represented by their mothers, have filed a lawsuit over a policy which allows transgender athletes to participate in sports based on their gender identity
Three Connecticut high school girls, represented by their mothers, have filed a lawsuit over a policy which allows transgender athletes to participate in sports based on their gender identity.(CNN) Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smith and their mothers claim in their lawsuit the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference's (CIAC) policy is a violation of the Title IX act -- which bars discrimination on the basis of sex.The policy, they say in the suit, results in"boys displacing girls in competitive track events in Connecticut."Complaint says transgender athletes in Connecticut have an unfair competitive advantageCIAC said in a statement after the lawsuit that the policy was implemented in 2013 and is compliant with both state and federal law. In a statement earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union said it would seek to join the lawsuit to defend the interests of transgender student athletes. Read More"Efforts to undermine Title IX by claiming it doesn't apply to a subset of girls will ultimately hurt all students and compromise the work of ending the long legacy of sex discrimination in sports," Chase Strangio with the ACLU said in a statement. CNN reached out to five Connecticut boards of education named as defendants in the lawsuit. James Thompson, the superintendent of Bloomfield Public Schools said in a statement the school system"adheres to Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference guidelines that allow transgender high school athletes to compete in CIAC athletic programs without restrictions -- and consistent with their gender identity." Glastonbury Public Schools Board of Education did not comment.'I am a runner and I will keep running'The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the conservative nonprofit that is representing the plaintiffs, said in a statement CIAC's policy"robs female athletes of opportunities because of the physical advantages of males.""Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field," ADF attorney Christiana Holcomb said in a statement."Forcing them to compete against boys isn't fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities."CNN has reached out to Holcomb for further comment.As examples, the lawsuit mentions two transgender athletes by name, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who it says began competing in the 2017 track season and brought home"15 women's state championship titles." "The more we are told that we don't belong and should be ashamed of who we are, the fewer opportunities we have to participate in sports at all," Miller said in a statement posted on the ACLU website.These trans people made history in 2019"There is a long history of excluding Black girls from sports and policing our bodies," she said."I am a runner and I will keep running and keep fighting for my existence, my community, and my rights."Miller and Yearwood, the suit says, took"more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher-level competitions from female track athletes" from 2017 to 2019. In her statement also on the ACLU website, Yearwood said it's painful to see people"not only want to tear down my successes, but take down the laws and policies that protect people like me."The lawsuit repeatedly references the two as"male athletes.""The language of the complaint, which deliberately misgenders transgender youth and demands that high school athletics be organized by chromosomes, is an assault on the basic dignity and humanity of our transgender people," Strangio said in ACLU's statement after the lawsuit.CNN has reached out to both Miller and Yearwood for further comment.What Title IX saysThe lawsuit comes nearly eight months after ADF filed a complaint with the US Department of Education on behalf of three athletes -- Soule and two others who were unnamed -- claiming CIAC's policy on transgender athletes violated Title IX.It called for an investigation into the policy. That investigation is still pending at the Office of Civil Rights, CIAC said in their statement. Title IX, which became federal law in 1972, says,"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.""What Title IX does not require -- or even permit," this week's lawsuit says,"is that recipients blind themselves to students' sex when developing their athletic programs."Georgia school district reverses transgender-friendly bathroom policy after death threatsAccording to CIAC's reference guide for its transgender policy, school districts should determine a student's participation on sports teams based on the student's gender identity and"daily life activities in the school and community at the time that sports eligibility is determined."Those rules, the guide says, are compliant both with state law and Title IX.The guide outlines that in a 2019 consultation with the Office for Civil Rights, part of the US Department of Education, a federal compliance officer confirmed that Title IX"supports transgender athletic opportunities with the gender of which a person identifies." "(The compliance officer) further stated that such support does not require hormone therapy nor gender reassignment surgery," the guide says. In its statement, the CIAC said it also consulted with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Connecticut State Department of Education and the National Federation of State High School Associations when it first adopted the policy and then reviewed its policy.CNN's Giulia McDonnell, Isabelle Lee, Janette Gagnon and Laura Ly contributed to this report. Read more: CNN
Sued if you let them play and probably sued if you don't. Yeesh keepinitreal427 Transgenderism is becoming a sore. AdamMilstein I am glad female athletes are trying to fight to keep their sport for actual females. Good for them. I LOVE THIS!!! kudos to these women! There are Only Two Genders. Chromosomes prove it
It is so amusing to see how feminazis and the rest of twitter trash are eating each other! Physical strength isn’t a matter of being fair and inclusive. This is competitive. Men can’t play in women’s sports, simple as that. Git gud How God brought you into this world and is stated on your official birth certificate, is how this should be corrected once and for all. Case closed.
Women can do anything men can do, apparently better. Now what is this about? I’m thinking testosterone levels should determine whether someone competes in male or female sports.
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Step up girls....we are waiting High school females are welcome to participate in ANY boys sports. The pendulum swings both ways girls. Lawsuits are for girls that dont like to compete Good for them. Good for them Our transgender team is undefeated! Same as when wrestlers are divided into weight classes, unfair advantage is unfair
Finally!!!Transgender men to women have men bodies are are built differently. That is science and these women are being robbed. Title 9 protects women born as women in sports. jimmyjjohnson99 I’m sad for these girls. There are enough hurdles in a young person’s life without having to deal with the insurmountable bullshit radicals generate.
Imagine a boxing encounter between a woman and a born-man boxer who decides he wants to be a woman now... totally unfair. It’s insane how women who have fought tooth and nail to build sport for women now are being called bigots because they don’t want men to compete in women’s sports. What a bizarro world.
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Good for them. GOOD! These females have rights too or did we forget bc we are onto the next identity that somehow matters more? 👏👏 Whoever applauds “gender identity” for girl’s sports, hates women. Good finally someone with sense goodjob Please win you case. Save some remaining common sense in our country.
To win a lawsuit you have to prove damages. And those damages would be.....? Don't worry. We'll wait. Nice This is a disgrace ! How’s this permitted? Trans can have their own sports where they compete against other trans ( and the stands are empty; just saying ) Anyone see the South Park episode on this?
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Definitely we are going back instead of going forward. These girls are 100% correct and I hope they win. If you disagree you are DEAD WRONG and insane.👍🏻 For trans rights, but this is over the line. No matter how you identify, bio males have massive physical advantages that are unfair & unsafe to ask 99.9% of females to compete with. You can choose who you want to be; you do not get to redefine competitive balance & fair play.
So there are only boy athletes transitioning to girls in Conn? No girl athletes transitioning to boys? If its a rule then ALL who identify should play the sports they identify with boys/girls. They shouldn’t get to choose About time. Women fought for equal opportunity in sports through Title IX. Having boys and men who identify as female and want to compete as females violates Title IX.
Liberalism is a mental disorder Keep fighting girls! You are 100% right! Good for them. Couldn’t agree more. It’s all fun and games until a trans male gets into a boxing ring with a biological male and ends up getting killed. Geez...I could have dominated some girls hoops back in the day.
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Are man! Connecticut. That's the entire reason. No additional explanation necessary. I think once the athletes begin taking to hormones to change then they should be allowed. It's a non issue when these kids are little but once the get to high school bodies change so dramatically. It really isn't level. Would ppl feel differently is it was a contact sport?
Can somebody also file a lawsuit over the policy of allowing people to use opposite gender’s restroom? As a moron as Trump is, as pathetic and his base is, it is these retarded ideas by the liberals that got him elected and may get him elected again. It's sad that a parent would instill in their daughters that the only way to win is excluding competition. I have to assume they're Republicans.
These girls are getting robbed There is a reason why it is difficult for girls to compete in boys sports, there is a physical difference. While I don’t judge the transitioning kids, it gives them an unfair advantage over the girls they compete against Hi. Yeah...AZ is doing this too ATM,not just these girls.
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Lots of sports you compete in weight class or strength class shouldn’t they now do this to all sports so everyone has a fair chance Good on these girls. There are simply things that trans shouldn't be able to do. When you look at muscle structure, hip structure and bone density they would have a huge advantage. These are things unable to be changed.
If these guys suck at sports so bad that they have to play on a girls team to win maybe they should try academics. They should start playing quidditch. It might open their eyes to the wonder that is an inclusive sport. Then they might realise how pathetic this law suit is. It's none of their business Hats off to them! In sports, Women should compete against women not agAinst men with mental health problems.
As they should!!! Let common sense prevail 👏👏 I support this girls. Transgender woman is still a man so the strength and stamina is different Transgender athletes should compete against transgender athletes period. Purposely misgendering Them is transphobic, mean spirited and shows lack of empathy. You can have a civil -and valid- discussion on the inclusion of trans athletes without being hateful.
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What about the women that naturally have more testosterone? These girls and their mothers need to do their homework first. So a person who is the same height and weight and has the same finely sculpted facial features as you do but has male genitalia has to play with the boys but a person who is a foot taller than you and outweighs you by 60 lbs with female genitalia can play with the girls.. Right.
Good When you have to file a case to restore common sense, you know society is screwed. 🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️ Good for you, girls Why don't the transgender athletes have to lower their testosterone like they would if they were competing professionally? Well done to them ....... shows real balls to take on the WOKE machine. Lads stealing medals from girls is unbelievable bollocks
Very happy that 'In a statement earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union said it would seek to join the lawsuit to defend the interests of transgender student athletes.' I agree with these young ladies.
Trans fats are bad for you too! How dare they not want dudes to ruin their sports. The photos make it look like they can’t believe that they need legal representation to say this lol Finally, I was wondering when this would come to a head. Sport is doomed it's becoming a pointless exercise for young girls and they will give it up.
Excellent. We need to give our women the right to compete on the sports field with other women. It's not fair on them to have to compete with men, who are going to be physically bigger and stronger. Good for them. Imagine if your daughter trained hard to be a top athlete in her sport... and she gets beat by a biological male who has a natural advantage over her. I hope these girls win.
So the lefts progressive ideas have cheated these women out of college scholarships. So apparently women’s lives and hopes don’t matter compared to the trans community. I thought leftist were supposed to be campions of women’s rights? Good for them Are transgenders who identify as boys competing as boys? Is there a protest when this happens?
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it's ironic when people claim it's bigoted to exclude trans women at the cost of putting women at a biological disadvantage. I'm all for transgender rights, but I do believe it is advantageous for transitioning boys to compete with girls in sports as stated in the article. This pushes girls to third or fourth place which is unfair. I say create a trans league or have trans boys compete with other boys
Unfortunately fairness is now relative. If trans are grouped to compete according to their identified gender, people will still shout discrimination. The gender neutral/ fluid will not be inclusive. Eliminate the competition for your gold medal. Ladies if the person has a penis the nuts are fair game. A swift kick there will slow them down.
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Outstanding!! Fairness should definitely be one of the rules in sports. Awesome. Protect your daughters. They weigh boys before every football games to ensure they are in the right weight class. If the trans women are in the correct testosterone level to compete...let them compete. Good for them. It's about time this nonsense was called out.
trans are welcome to compete in man's sport. Hugeeeeeeee The comments are incredibly interesting to read. They would have been completely different if these were 3 boys filling the lawsuit in which case it would've been the patriarchy, protecting their privilege and gender is a social construct. But since these are girls people are..
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I am more than happy to support trans in sport ! Lets get them their own so they can be equal & compete against other trans ! I know being equal is important to them. what's the point of separating male from female teams if trans are allowed to participate in teams based on their gender identity.I thought the main reason for separating them was bc of th physical advantage male athletes have over females.I'm afraid this issue won't be resolved
Surprised more women don’t support this. Bigots.