Teen girls sue to win back their sport

Friday, February 14, 2020
Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Selina SouleThree female athletes have stepped forward at a Connecticut high school in an attempt stop the biological males who are competing against them – and dashing past them – on the high school running track.

On behalf of the three teen girls, Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit Feb. 12 against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, a lawsuit that marks the latest battle after teen runner Selina Soule (pictured at left) stepped forward last year to publicly condemn the CIAC for allowing males to compete, and dominate, state track competitions.

Two years of speaking out

OneNewsNow reported in June 2019 that Soule and ADF filed a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights, asking the federal agency to investigate allegations of Title IX discrimination by the CIAC.

A year before that complaint was filed, OneNewsNow was reporting that some coaches and parents in Connecticut were speaking out on behalf of their female athletes.

Transgender athlete Terry Miller“This is a big issue a lot of coaches have – that we've got to do something,” a high school coach told the local newspaper. “But how come you're not saying anything?"

The most likely reason is fear of backlash for “transphobic” actions against male runners such as Terry Miller (pictured at right), who was blowing past girls and setting new state records but is viewed by LGBT activists as a hero. 

A second male runner, Andraya Yearwood (pictured below), was featured in a glowing documentary about transgenders and was welcomed at GLAAD headquarters in New York City.

A sympathetic story about Yearwood published at Bleacher Report, a sports website, hailed Yearwood as "one of the fastest teens in Connecticut" and asked why some people don't want "her" to run.

Yearwood (transgender runner)"Because," the story explained, "this 17-year-old Black transgender girl represents what they are afraid of: no longer being the norm." 

An ADF attorney told OneNewsNow last year that Soule, meanwhile, has become an enemy of the school district for fighting the CIAC policy.

Two more female runners, Alanna Smith and Chelsea Mitchell, who remained anonymous for fear of retaliation, have now stepped forward publicly to join Soule in her legal fight.

Common sense and biology

ADF attorney Christina Holcomb tells OneNewsNow it’s just a fact that a biological male athlete has an “intrinsic, physiological” advantage over female runners.

“We know from both common sense and from science that males are generally bigger, faster, stronger,” she says. “They have bigger lungs and hearts, and stronger muscles, denser bones, all of which together gives them a physical advantage over their female competitor."

Boston Marathon start lineADF is keeping track of the wins that are literally being taken from female athletes: Since 2017, Miller and Yearwood together have won 18 girls' state championship titles. Those titles were spread among 16 female athletes during the 2016 season.

"When you allow males to compete in the girls' category,” Holcomb says, “you're fundamentally destroying that level playing field."

Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America shared much the same prediction recently when she was interviewed on American Family Radio about the emerging legal fight in female sports. 

"If this is the future, there will be no women's sports," Nance warned. "There will be coed sports, and there will be men's sports, but women's sports is over and that's the truth."

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