Female teen athletes who were forced to be “tolerant” of stronger, faster males competing against them in track meets are fighting back.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing teen athlete Selina Soule (pictured at left) and two other girls in a legal quest to wrestle control of their sport from transgender girls --- biological boys --- who are breaking state records while depriving females from all-female competitions and scholarship opportunities.
ADF announced last week it has filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights, asking it to investigate the girls’ claims of Title IX discrimination by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).
Title IX, which dates back to 1972, was enacted as federal law to prevent discrimination against girls and women in high school and college athletics.
CIAC, meanwhile, allows high school athletes to compete based on the gender they identify with and a spokesman has said that rule aligns with the state's current anti-discrimination laws.
Any pushback has been slow to materialize, likely due to transgender athletes enjoying a bubble of protection from sympathetic school officials and fawning media, as well as critics remaining quiet for fear of of being “transphobic” and angering LGBT activists.
A sympathetic sports story about Yearwood (pictured at right) begins with this description:
There are people who do not want Andraya Yearwood to run. They are bothered by the sight of her. Angered by the thought of her.
The black scrunchie on her wrist, the ponytail down her back. The steely stare she offers as coaches, parents and fans hurl insults toward her at track meets, not caring that she's an earshot away.
Yearwood, in fact, has become an LGBT celebrity after being included in a documentary about transgender athletes. He has also toured the halls of GLAAD headquarters in New York City.
OneNewsNow reported a year ago that Connecticut coaches and parents were starting to publicly support female runners and oppose the CIAC, which meant being accused of being “intolerant” when two male athletes, Terry Miller and Yearwood, were literally blowing past girls in regional and state competitions.
Speaking to a local newspaper, a track coach said Connecticut’s pro-transgender laws were created to protect transgenders from being bullied, not to compete against girls. A second coach said he was thanked by several other coaches after speaking out in a local newspaper story but stated that more coaches should be speaking out publicly.
Soule was a sophomore sprinter last year when she was quoted by the newspaper stating she has "no problem" with the males wanting to be female. But it was "unfair" to girls who have trained hard only to be beaten by boys.
ADF attorney Denise Harle tells OneNewsNow that female athletes fought “long and hard” to demand equal treatment under the law only to now watch biological boys literally pass them by.
“In Connecticut, one of the transgender boys now holds over 10 state records,” Harle says, likely referring to transgender athlete Terry Miller (pictured above). “He achieved those in one year that had previously belonged to 10 different girls that had been set over 20 years.”
Harle notes that Soule is the only one of the three female athletes to publicly identify herself. The other two are fearful of retaliation, says the attorney --- adding that it tool a lot of courage for Soule to step forward.
"Once Selena spoke up, she received a very negative response from school administrators, even the principal [and] her coaches," Harle shares. "She's experienced retaliation and has been treated very unfairly."
7/1/2019 - Final comments (last 2 paragraphs) from ADF attorney Denise Harle added.