Transgender sports policy turns fairness on its head
In its zeal to make the state’s high school sports transgender friendly, Connecticut has essentially decreed that boys are girls, even when they’re not — and in the process, has discriminated against high school girls in the Nutmeg State. So claims a lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of three girls who say their opportunity — which is guaranteed under the feds’ Title IX — has been stolen by their home state’s equivalent to our PIAA.
The three athletes argue that allowing transgender athletes who were born male but identify as female to compete in girls’ sports creates a competitive disadvantage and hurts scholarship opportunities of non-trans athletes. They seek to change a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference rule that allows high school athletes to compete in sports corresponding with their gender identity.
“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Forcing them to compete against boys isn’t fair, shatters their dreams and destroys their athletic opportunities,” said attorney Christiana Holcomb in a statement announcing the suit. “Having separate boys’ and girls’ sports has always been based on biological differences, not what people believe about their gender, because those differences matter for fair competition.”
Holcomb adds that the ruling “forces girls to be spectators in their own sports,” which goes against Title IX, a federal law designed to ensure opportunities are equal for girls in education and sports.
Interestingly, Connecticut, one of 17 states with fully inclusive transgender athletics policies, is the same state that was slapped on the wrist 10 years ago for trying to substitute cheerleading for Title IX-protected team sports at the college level. It’s fair to note that the state is considering a change in its policy, but change can’t come quickly enough for the young women whose opportunity is stolen by this obviously unfair policy.
Not surprisingly, the far-left American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the boys, who made national headlines after finishing first and second in the 55-meter dash at the state indoor track championships last winter and have won a combined 15 state titles in different events.
This is the outcome of trying to kowtow to a political construct that has no basis in science — or reality.
The girls of Connecticut — and everywhere else, for that matter — deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field, not one dominated by boys pretending to be something they are not.