Attorney General William Barr sides against trans athletes in federal lawsuit

The US Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr are weighing in on a federal civil rights lawsuit by supporting a filing that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports

Sometimes it takes a conservative to stand up for womanhood, in this case female athletes who do not want their achievements — or the very definition of what they are — controlled and rewritten by men pretending to be women.

Attorney General William Barr and the U.S. Justice Department are supporting a filing in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing with girls in interscholastic sports, Mailonline reports.

Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest oon March 24, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletic competitions.

The conference allows athletes to compete as the gender with which they “identify,” arguing it is following a state law that requires high school students be treated according to their gender identity. It also argues the policy is in accordance with Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics.

The Justice Department disagreed:

“Under CIAC’s interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women. Instead, schools must have certain biological males — namely, those who publicly identify as female — compete against biological females,” Barr and the other department officials wrote. “In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.”

The lawsuit was filed in February by runners Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School; Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School; and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School, against the conference and several local boards of education. (Smith is the daughter of former MLB relief pitcher Lee Smith)

The girls’ suit concerns two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently defeated their authentically female competitors.

The two seniors have combined to win 15 girls state indoor or outdoor championship races since 2017, the lawsuit states.


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