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Athletes sue to keep girls sports for girls

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/13/20, 12:38 pm

Three Connecticut high school students and their families filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday to keep boys from competing as girls in high school athletics. The plaintiffs are runners who say competing against male athletes has unfairly cost them championship titles, state records, and scholarship opportunities.

What does the lawsuit aim to accomplish? The runners are suing several city education boards and the Connecticut Association of Schools–Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the governing body for secondary school athletics in the state. In 2017, the organization changed its policies to allow biological males who identify as transgender to compete in girls sports. The plaintiffs say the policy flouts Title IX, which requires equal treatment of the sexes in education programs that receive federal funding.

“Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts,” said sophomore Alanna Smith of Danbury High School. “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.”

Dig deeper: Read Kyle Ziemnick’s report about the athletes’ struggles in Relations.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • MTJanet
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 12:59 pm

    This requires common sense to prevail - which unfortunately seems unlikely in our current culture.  

  • RC
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 01:40 pm

    I think it has less to do with common sense and more with fear of a vicious attack by the LGBT radicals who are backed up by the ACLU’s legal funding.

  • AlanE
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 02:48 pm

    RC, yes, unfortunately the most proximate threat of a lawsuit seems to prevail over common sense. It's less than clear right now what will happen when there are proximate threats of lawsuits from both sides. We are a troubled culture in many, many ways.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 04:16 pm

    The truth will eventually prevail.  The body of Christ needs to learn how to speak it in love, with the wisdom of God and with the power of His Holy Spirit.  Too many seem resigned to putting their "heads in the sand", to defeat or feeble responses.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 10:30 pm

    I think female athletes will win on this issue, although it may not happen as fast as they would like. The unfairness of competing against biological males is evident to almost everyone, and it just takes the first courageous judge to buck the LGBTXXX tide and turn things towards common sense.