Dept of Ed. tells Connecticut: Title IX meant for girls

Friday, May 29, 2020
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Selina SouleA key federal agency is siding with three biological girls over two transgender girls in Connecticut, where the teen girls are suing the state’s athletic association for allowing the biological boys to compete and dominate the state’s track competitions.

After investigating the girls' complaint filed last summer, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education is giving the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and six public high schools until June 4 to bring their controversial, pro-transgender policies into alignment with Title IX or risk losing federal funds. 

 June 2018 

Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood win first and second place, respectively, in the 100-meter race at the State Open Finals

 April 2019

Yearwood is featured in pro-trans documentary, “Changing the Game,” and tours GLAAD headquarters in NYC

June 2019

Alliance Defending Freedom files Title IX complaint with U.S. Dept of Ed.

August 2019

U.S. Dept. of Ed. announces it is reviewing the complaint filed on behalf of three female runners

Feb. 2020

ADF announces its three plaintiffs are suing the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference

March 2020

U.S. Dept. of Justice files a Statement of Interest siding with the plaintiffs and their Title IX argument in the lawsuit against the CIAC

May 2020

U.S. Dept. of Ed informs CIAC and several high schools they must comply with Title IX 

Title IX, passed by Congress in 1972, was designed to ensure equal opportunities for women in athletics and education, and to prohibit discrimination against them.  

OneNewsNow reported in June 2019 that Alliance Defending Freedom filed a Title IX complaint with the federal agency and was informed the Civil Rights office was investigating the matter.

ADF then filed suit against CIAC in February of this year on behalf of the three teen girls: Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell.

Soule, a high school sprinter (pictured above), became the first biological girl in her state to file suit against CIAC with ADF representing her case. Smith and Mitchell later stepped forward, too, despite knowing Soule had said she had angered school officials for her decision. 

ADF attorney Christiana Holcomb says the U.S. Dept. of Education has “officially clarified that allowing males to compete in the female category isn't fair, destroys girls' athletic opportunities, and clearly violates federal law."

Yearwood (transgender runner)The three female plaintiffs, and hundreds of other female athletes, have witnessed teen boys Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, who identify as female, literally blow past them during track meets.

ADF reported earlier this year that the pair of teen boys won a combined 18 girls’ titles in various state events over two years. Those titles were spread among 16 female athletes during the 2016 season.

OneNewsNow has reported Yearwood (pictured above, in middle) became an LGBT celebrity and enjoyed fawning press coverage last year, but at the same time some coaches and parents were ignoring claims of "transphobia" and speaking out on behalf of the teen girls in their state.

"This is a big issue a lot of coaches have, that we've got to do something," one track coach told a local newspaper two years ago. "But how come you're not saying anything?"

"Sports are set up for fairness," a female 100-meter runner told the same newspaper. "Biologically male and female are different. The great majority is being sacrificed for the minority.”



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