Last month, three female high school students filed a legal challenge to a Connecticut policy that allows male athletes who identify as “transgender” to participate in girls’ sports.
The three girls and their mothers are claiming that this policy violates a 1972 federal civil rights law known as Title IX. (Title IX provides that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”) The girls are represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). According to ADF attorney Christina Holcomb, the challenged policy “‘robs female athletes of opportunities because of the physical advantages of males.’” Holcomb added, “‘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.’”
Not surprisingly, LGBT activists are not pleased with this development. An ACLU representative complained that “‘[efforts] to undermine Title IX by claiming it doesn’t apply to a subset of girls will ultimately hurt all students and compromise the work of ending the long legacy of sex discrimination in sports.’” This, of course, is nonsense; boys who identify as “transgender” are not a “subset of girls.”
ADF had previously filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education about the same policy. An investigation is underway.