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Friday, August 9, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Selina SouleThe U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has agreed to investigate an athletic policy in Connecticut that three track athletes say is discriminatory.

"One of the things that's been so disappointing is that we haven't heard much from women's rights groups speaking up for these young female athletes. Instead, the ACLU actually has weighed in in favor of these boys who identify as girls."

Denise Harle, ADF attorney

"We are thrilled at this news," says attorney Denise Harle of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the organization representing Selina Soule (pictured) and two other female athletes. "We filed a Title IX complaint a few weeks ago, and were very unsure on the process [because] the federal government moves slowly – and they don't always reveal what they're doing. So it was outstanding news to hear that they were already taking action to investigate the violation of Title IX that's going on in Connecticut."

Title IX was designed to ensure equal opportunities for women in athletics and education.

Harle explains further: "The Connecticut High School Athletics Conference has instituted a policy that directly violates that …. It actually says that a student athlete at the high school level can compete as whichever sex they identify with – which means that young men can compete against young women, [and] which takes away the women's opportunity to have their own chance to compete fairly."

The Conference argues that its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law. But Harle points out that federal law (Title IX) supersedes state law. "It's very important that an act of Congress is observed," she tells OneNewsNow, "and states can't come along and enact a policy that's contrary to the federal law."

Harle

The ADF attorney says this is about more than someone losing out on a medal.

"It's losing out on all sorts of opportunities we don't even know," she explains. "These girls want to compete at the next level, and it's just not fair to have boys robbing them of their opportunities."

According to Harle, no scientific studies show that hormone therapy equals the playing field; or that boys, who have had testosterone pumping in their system for all of these years, can somehow become equal to girls.

"[Boys have] developed larger muscle mass, bigger hearts, bigger lungs, stronger bone density," she continues, "and there's nothing that can just take that away simply because they have a certain belief about how they feel; [neither can] some of these attempts at hormone therapy, which are extremely experimental and, as far as we know, quite dangerous."

It's unclear how long the investigation by the Office of Civil Rights will take.

"We will just be sitting back and waiting for what we hope will be a finding that Connecticut's policies violate Title IX," Harle concludes. "That should send a message for Connecticut to reverse their policies, and then we're hoping [it sends the same message] to the 17 other states that have these sorts of wrong gender discrimination policies."


8/14/2019 - Sidebar comment from Harle added.

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