Sports authorities face a conundrum now that transgender athletes become more commonplace, which has many asking one question: Do these transgender athletes have an upper leg on the competition due, in part, to their physical traits? A group of parents who issued a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education Office seems to think so.
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Lawyers for the conservative non-profit organization Alliance Defending Freedom issued the complaint on behalf of three parents whose daughters lost various track events against two athletes who were identified as male at birth but now compete in women’s events.
The federal Office for Civil Rights announced they would launch an investigation into Connecticut’s policies of allowing transgender students to compete in a sport according based on the gender they identify with, the Daily Wire reported.
Selina Soule, a Glastonbury High School sprinter that constantly came in third behind the two trans athletes took issue, stating an unfair advantage.
“Girls should never be simply spectators in their own sport; they deserve to compete on a fair playing field,” she said. “I hope that this important step will help return fairness to the sport I love.”
Soule, who spoke to Fox News about the issue, explained how she sees transgender athletes in her sport.
“I am very happy for these athletes and I fully support them for being true to themselves and having the courage to do what they believe in,” Soule said. “But, in athletics, it’s an entirely different situation. It’s scientifically proven that males are built to be physically stronger than females. It’s unfair to put someone who is biologically a male, who has not undergone anything in terms of hormone therapy, against cis-gender girls.”
The complaint argues these two trans athletes stopped their clients’ daughters from qualifying for events such as the New England Championships, which would have allowed them more exposure for potential colleges, the Washington Times reported.
The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference stated they are simply following the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
The two athletes in question, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller both defended their participation in the women’s sporting events.
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“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” Yearwood told the Associated Press in February. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”