The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has sided with 3 female high school athletes suing Connecticut schools over allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports. The DOJ filed a statement of interest in the case, which is in the Connecticut District Court. The case involves three females suing the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) over a policy allowing trans-identified females to compete in women’s sports. In their statement, the DOJ took issue with the CIAC claiming that their transgender policy is justified by federal Title IX law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The DOJ argued that with “CIAC’s interpretation of Title IX, schools may not account for the physiological differences between men and women.”
“Instead, schools must have certain biological males, namely, those who publicly identify as female, compete against biological females,” the brief continued. “In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.” Christiana Holcomb of Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the students, reiterated the DOJ’s stance. “Girls shouldn’t be reduced to spectators in their own sports. Allowing males to compete in the female category isn’t fair and destroys girls’ athletic opportunities,” Holcomb argued. A focal point of the lawsuit were transgender athletes Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, who have won a combined 15 titles in different state events.
Yearwood and Miller are both biologically male, yet they self-identify as female and thus have been allowed to participate in women’s sports. “Our clients are two high school seniors who are just trying to enjoy their final track season of high school and who now have to contend with the federal government arguing against their right to equal educational opportunities,” stated Strangio. “History will look back on these anti-trans attacks with deep regret and shame. In the meantime we will continue to fight for the rights of all girls to participate in the sports they love.” Holcomb contended, “Males will always have inherent physical advantages over comparably talented and trained girls, that’s the reason we have girls’ sports in the first place.”
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