Three female high school athletes have the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) on their side in a lawsuit against Connecticut public schools to keep biological males identifying as transgenders from competing against girls in high school sports.
Selina Soule, Alanna Smith and Chelsea Mitchell are plaintiffs in the case, Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools – filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut – to stop its controversial policy of allowing biological boys identifying as females from competing against actual girls.
Trump’s DOJ has a say …
Agreeing with the girls’ complaint, the DOJ under the Trump administration filed a statement of interest brief arguing that the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s transgender policy is not justified by federal Title IX law – against the conference’s claim. The federal statute does not permit sex discrimination.
“Title IX and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination solely ‘on the basis of sex’ – not on the basis of transgender status – and therefore neither require nor authorize CIAC’s transgender policy,” the DOJ wrote in the brief it filed Tuesday. “To the contrary, CIAC’s construction of Title IX as requiring the participation of students on athletic teams that reflect their gender identity would turn the statute on its head.”
It was then argued that it is, in fact, the CIAC that is doing the real discrimination.
“With the] CIAC’s interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women,” the DOJ contended. “Instead, schools must have certain biological males – namely, those who publicly identify as female – compete against biological females … In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.”
Assisting the girls in the lawsuit, Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb corroborated the DOJ’s take on the issue.
“Girls shouldn’t be reduced to spectators in their own sports,” Holcomb declared Wednesday. “Allowing males to compete in the female category isn’t fair and destroys girls’ athletic opportunities.”
She appealed to common sense and brought the argument back to the basics.
“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,” Holcomb added.
Undoing the LGBTQ takeover?
Looking for a fair chance to succeed in sports, the girls are attempting to undo one of the many pro-transgender policies launched during the pro-LGBTQ Obama administration.
“In February, the female student athletes and their families filed suit against CIAC for a policy enacted in 2013 that allowed athletes to participate in women’s sports if they identify as female,” The Christian Post (CP) recounted.
The necessity for change was highlighted by biological boys dominating girls’ sports in Connecticut.
“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,” CP noted. “Yearwood and Miller are both biologically male, yet they self-identify as female and thus have been allowed to participate in women’s sports.”
ACLU to the LGBTQ’s rescue?
A staunch defender of the LGBTQ agenda and so-called “transgender rights,” the ultra-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is acting on behalf of Yearwood and Miller in the lawsuit in order to uphold CIAC policy and keep biological males dominating girls’ high school sports.
In an attempt to turn the lawsuit into a civil rights issue, Trans Justice Deputy Director Chase Strangio – who is under the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project – claims the girls’ legal action amounts to outright discrimination against transgender athletes competing in high school 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,” Strangio insisted, according to the Associated Press (AP). “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."