REPORT: Justice Department Says Not To Treat Transgender Athletes As Girls
The United States Justice Department has now got involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that was seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in sports.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference allows athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify, but now they are getting some push-back on their argument that they are simply following a state law that requires high school students be treated according to their gender identity.
The Justice Department disagreed in it’s filing, via The Associated Press:
“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 write. “In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.”
The original lawsuit was filed back in February that argued girls were being deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against transgender athletes.
“Males will always have inherent physical advantages over comparably talented and trained girls — that’s the reason we have girls sports in the first place,” their attorney, Christiana Holcomb, said Wednesday. “And a male’s belief about his gender doesn’t eliminate those advantages.”
Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood were two of the athletes that have garnered much of the backlash for being trans and competing against biological girls.
Much like all sports, the spring track season is on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.