By Duncan Smith
A policy adopted by Connecticut that permits transgender athletes to compete as females in high school sports is a violation of the civil rights of athletes who are biologically female and have always identified as such, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
As reported by The Associated Press:
The letter came in response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage.
The office said in the 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows athletes to participate under the gender with which they identify. The policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics, the office said.
It has 'denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits,' according to the letter, which is dated May 15.
Officials with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference said the policy aimed to comply with state law barring schools from discriminating against transgender students.
The complaint was brought by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented to high school female athletes who claimed that allowing biological males to compete as females is unfair.
The suit centers around two transgender females, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, born as biological males but who have won scores of track and field competitions since 2017.
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