The Trump Department of Justice has sided with a group of female high school athletes who are challenging a Connecticut policy that allows biological boys who identify as girls to compete in girls-only events.
At issue are rules by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) that permit transgender girls – biological boys who identify as girls – to compete on girls’ teams.
Two transgender athletes, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, have won multiple state championships in track and field. Both are biologically male.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit in February on behalf of three female athletes arguing that the policy violates Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities.
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest in the case, siding with the three female athletes. The Connecticut policy violates Title IX, the Department of Justice argues.
“One of Title IX’s core purposes is to ensure that women have an ‘equal athletic opportunity’ to participate in school athletic programs,” the DOJ brief says. “Schools realize that purpose primarily by establishing separate athletic teams for men and women and by ensuring that those teams are on equal footing. Because of the physiological differences between men and women, the existence of women’s sports teams permits…
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