REPORT: High school girls sue to block transgender athletes
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The families of three Connecticut high school girls who run cross country are suing in an attempt to block transgender students from participating in girls’ sports in the state.
In a statement, a law firm representing the three families accused school officials associated with Glastonbury High School and Canton High School of forcing girls “to compete against boys” by allowing transgender girls to participate in the same divisions as other female students, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Forcing them to compete against boys isn’t fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities,” said attorney Christiana Holcomb, according to the AP. “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.”
Holcomb said that “forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX.”
Title IX, Holcomb explains, is “a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics.”
“Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women,” added Holcomb.
The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference said its policy “follows a state anti-discrimination law that says students must be treated in school by the gender with which they identify and the group believes the policy is ‘appropriate under both state and federal law,’” FOX59 News reports.
Three high school girls in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit to block transgender athlete participationhttps://t.co/s2hH8Cxl6m
— FOX59 News (@FOX59) February 12, 2020
“The lawsuit centers on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their cisgender competitors.
“The two seniors have combined to win 15 girls state indoor or outdoor championship races since 2017, according to the lawsuit.
“The three plaintiffs have competed directly against them, almost always losing to Miller and usually behind Yearwood. Mitchell finished third in the 2019 state championship in the girls 55-meter indoor track competition behind Miller and Yearwood.”
TRANSPHOBIC? Connecticut girls sue to block participation of transgender girls in female sports, they’re represented by a conservative Christian Arizona-based group https://t.co/Nx98qByk8I pic.twitter.com/O7UgWMUm24
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) February 13, 2020
— POLITICO Pro (@POLITICOPro) February 12, 2020
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