Department of Education to probe athletic program allowing transgenders to compete with girls

By Carmel Kookogey | The Daily Signal

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is opening an investigation into whether female high school athletes were discriminated against when the state of Connecticut allowed males who identify as females to compete with them.

The three high school girls pursuing the complaint include Selina Soule, who earlier this year missed qualifying for the 55-meter dash in the New England regionals.

Two biological boys who identify as female were allowed to compete in Connecticut’s girls indoor track championship. These transgender females took first and second place in the event.

Had the transgender athletes not been allowed to compete with the girls, Soule would have qualified for the regionals, as The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Bolar documented in a May video report.

According to the letter sent by the Office for Civil Rights about its decision to take up the case, it is examining the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s “Transgender Participation Policy” for possible Title IX violations in discriminating against girls.

The state policy allows athletes to participate in boys or girls sports according to their gender identity, no matter their biological sex.

Title IX is a federal law created to protect equal education opportunities for women and girls, including in athletics. Schools may lose federal funds if they don’t comply.

Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Soule, said in a press releaseThursday that the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s policy “regularly results in boys out-performing and displacing girls in competitive high-school track events across Connecticut.”

The three girls’ complaint alleges that the Glastonbury Board of Education “denied equal athletic benefits and opportunities” to girls because of the transgender policy and its failure to request that the state conference change the policy.

Additionally, federal officials are investigating the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the Glastonbury school district for alleged retaliation against particular parents and their daughters for complaining about the transgender policy.

With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian legal aid organization, the parents of Soule and the two other unnamed girls filed a federal complaint June 18 on behalf of their daughters with the Department of Education.

Christiana Holcomb, legal counsel with the nonprofit, told The Daily Signal in June that it hopes “to restore a level playing field for Selina.”

“Girls like Selina should never be forced to be spectators in their own sports, but, unfortunately, that is exactly what is taking place when you allow biological males to compete in sports that have been set aside and specifically designed for women like Selina,” Holcomb said.

“Title IX was designed to ensure that girls have a fair shake at athletics, and are not denied the opportunity to participate at the highest levels of competition.”

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12 thoughts on “Department of Education to probe athletic program allowing transgenders to compete with girls

  1. Just more of the lefts War on Women… They use them as they please and then throw them under
    the bus when done.. From the Fluke whore they brought to the floor pushing birth control as a right, to be payed by the tax payer.. To the Liar 2 door Ford brought in to lie about a Judge appointee and now
    playing to the Gender Confused by throwing the Real Women Athlete under the clown bus..why
    so many women support the left is very confusing seeing how their treated..

    • DBean, one reason women support the left is to be in control of their own bodies and healthcare choices.

      • In respect to killing off another body inside theirs that can’t defend itself, isn’t a healthcare choice it’s infanticide..unless the mothers life is in the majority of babies are female it’s just more throwing women to be under the bus and running them over..

        • DBean, infants are babies who have been born. An embyro or fetus that can not live outside of a womb on it’s own is not a human being; it is a collection of cells-not a person. Unlike an actual woman who should have a right to make choices for her own life.

          • Biskit, are you Ok with boys taking away spots on teams and being awarded scholarships that female athletes would have received?

          • Matt, there is much research that still needs to be done to make it a more level playing field for transgender athletes and biological female athletes who compete against one another. It should be determined on hormonal levels of testosterone and estrogen.

          • The playing field is already “level” unless the activities are coed, boys compete against other boys and girls compete against other girls.

  2. This issue should be a nonissue. Like it or not biological boys regardless of identity preferences are BOYS!!! Don’t know of girl/boy trying to compete with boys.

    • Carry this out to its logical conclusion: all male athletic wannabes proclaim to the world that they are really women, so they can prevail in women’s athletics thus driving women from the athletic field altogether. More left-wing idiocy.

  3. Liberal labeling just doesn’t make it so. Good-evil, wet-dry, day-night, hot-cold, boy-girl . . .its a binary world. Try as they might, we are His creation, not theirs.

  4. Simply adjust the time-frame that is required for the transgender athletes to have been medically suppressing their testosterone and increasing their estrogen so that they are more on level with the hormones of the biologically female athletes.

  5. Its about time. For the dumb among us, we need to officially state that there are two genders, and they rest are mental defect no matter what liberals think.

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