Female high school runners are suing Connecticut amateur athletic bodies to block transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports
The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports
They’re represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom, which argues that the practice is unfair and violates Title IX
The lawsuit was filed against the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference as well as other bodies
The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has said its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law
The lawsuit centers on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their cisgender competitors
The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.
Selina Soule, of Glastonbury High School, Alanna Smith, of Danbury High School, and Chelsea Mitchell, of Canton High School, are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom.
The organization argues that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived their clients of track titles
and scholarship opportunities.
‘Forcing them to compete against boys isn’t fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities,’ attorney Christiana Holcomb said in a news release. ‘Having separate boys’ and girls’ sports has always been based on biological differences, not what people believe about their gender, because those differences matter for fair competition.
‘And forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics,’ Holcomb said. ‘Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.’