Department of Justice Sides with High School Female Athletes

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Keeping women’s sports for women is a matter of fairness and equity. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), charged with enforcing federal anti-discrimination law, recognizes this. The DOJ has filed a Statement of Interest in the federal lawsuit filed by three female Connecticut athletes who have been adversely affected by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s (CIAC) policy of allowing biological males to compete on women’s school sports teams.

While athletes Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, and Alanna Smith are still awaiting resolution of their lawsuit, the DOJ’s statement should be very encouraging to them. Cornerstone supports them in their belief that each student deserves the opportunity to participate in school sports, on teams consistent with the student’s biological sex.

The DOJ clearly rejects the suggestion that Title IX requires CIAC’s transgender policy. For decades, the Title IX policies against sex discrimination have helped women achieve gender equity in interscholastic sports. We agree with the DOJ that CIAC’s transgender athletic policy is “in tension with the core purpose of Title IX and its implementing regulations.”
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