The Office of Civil Rights, under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will finally begin investigating whether Connecticut’s transgender athletic policy is willfully violating the civil rights of female athletes.
The issue involves two transgender athletes participating in track competitions constantly beating three girls to the finish line, perhaps in violation of the girls civil rights.
A request from a federal complaint filed in Boston to probe whether Connecticut’s so called non-discrimination policy, actually discriminates against girls in favor of transgender athletes who are actually biologically male.
The non-discrimination policy enacted by the school allows students to participate in sports based on their gender preference, rather then their actual biological sex.
The announcement in June of the lawsuit by lawyers for Alliance Defending Freedom representing the three girls alleges that under Title IX discrimination against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). The lawsuit contends that the three high school girls have lost out on medals and advancement opportunities for two years because the sport is being dominated by two “male competitors” with all the biological benefits of being born male.
Title IX is a federal law that was designed to eliminate discrimination against women in education and athletics.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of the three girls contends that “women fought long and hard to earn the equal athletic opportunities that Title IX provides. Allowing boys to compete in girls’ sports reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”
Moreover the investigation will probe whether CIAC and the district “denied equal athletic benefits and opportunities to girls” in violation of Title IX. Retaliation is also a violation of Title IX, and OCR will consider whether CIAC retaliated against the first complainant when its executive director stopped “accepting communications” from her. The parents are identified as “Complainants” and their daughters as “Students.”
“Girls should never be simply spectators in their own sport; they deserve to compete on a fair playing field,” said Selina Soule, a Glastonbury High School sprinter, who has consistently finished behind the two transgender athletes in state championships. “I hope that this important step will help return fairness to the sport I love.”
The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has said its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law that says students must be treated in school by the gender with which they identify.
The two transgender athletes Andraya Yearwood, of Cromwell High School, and Terry Miller, of Bloomfield High School see nothing wrong in competing against biological females.
Yearwood attempted to justify her participation by suggesting that there are many various advantages that may give one a physical advantage over another.
“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better.’
Adding “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child which in turn would cause that child to run faster.”
Miller, declined to be interviewed, however she told the Hartford Courant at the time the complaint was filed that it is “painful that my victories have to be attacked and my hard work ignored.”
According to Transathlete.com, the state of Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions.
However 7 states still require athletes to compete under the gender that their birth certificate states or if they go through sex-reassignment procedures or hormone therapies. This of course makes sense, in that simply believing you’re a female, growing your hair and wearing dresses doesn’t make you a female simply because you think so.