Girls sue to block participation of transgender athletes

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High School track athletes Alanna Smith, left, Selina Soule, center and Chelsea Mitchell prepare to speak at a news conference outside the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford , Conn. Wednesday Fed 12, 2020. The three girls have filed a federal lawsuit to block a state police that allows transgender athletes to complete in girls sports.

The girls are fighting back.

Faced with a hyper-permissive culture that says men can become female just by saying they want to, and thereby rob real women of things that are important to them, the families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit this week to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from playing girls sports.

Conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom is representing 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, ABC News reports. The teens argue that letting anatomically male athletes compete with them has robbed them of titles and scholarships.

“Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts,” said Smith, daughter of former Major League pitcher Lee Smith. “That biological unfairness doesn’t go away because of what someone believes about gender identity. All girls deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field.”

The lawsuit was filed against the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the boards of education in Bloomfield, Cromwell, Glastonbury, Canton and Danbury.

“Forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics,” attorney Christiana Holcomb said. “Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”

The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference says its policy obeys a state anti-discrimination law that says students must be treated in school by the gender with which they identify and the group believes the policy is “appropriate under both state and federal law.”

The lawsuit centers on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their authentically female competitors.

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