Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2019 / 12:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The U.S. Department of Education will hear a Title IX complaint brought by three female high school track athletes over a state policy allowing biologically male athletes to compete in female sports if they self-identify as females.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a legal group specializing in religious freedom cases, announced the news August 8. ADF represents the three female track athletes—Selina Soule, and two others whose names were withheld on the official complaint because they are minors—who filed the complaint with the Department’s Office for Civil Rights in June.
“Selina and her fellow female athletes train countless hours in hope of the personal satisfaction of victory, an opportunity to participate in state and regional meets, or a chance at a college scholarship,” ADF legal counsel Christina Holcomb said. “But girls competing against boys know the outcome before the race even starts.”
“Boys will always have physical advantages over girls; that’s the reason we have women’s sports and the reason we look forward to OCR’s investigation,” Holcomb stated.
The three girls claimed that the state of Connecticut’s new policy for high school sports, allowing biological males who identify as female to compete in female sports, violates Title IX.