FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. Three Connecticut girls who participate on high school track teams have filed a federal discrimination complaint against a statewide policy on transgender athletes, saying it has cost them top finishes in competitions and possibly college scholarships. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)
When men compete against women in sports, men compete with an advantage over their female opponents. Denser bone and muscle structure, more lung capacity for extra oxygen, and more lend to a physical advantage that usually makes it easy for a man to come out on top.
This is why transgender athletes, specifically biological men competing as women, tend to easily win competitions meant for women. It’s unfair, and three families are doing something about it.
According to ABC News, these three families from different high schools are coming together to file a federal lawsuit that would block transgender athletes from competing in competitions not meant for them:
Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.
“Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts,” said Smith, who is the daughter of former Major League pitcher Lee Smith. “That biological unfairness doesn’t go away because of what someone believes about gender identity. All girls deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field.”
The lawsuit was filed against the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the boards of education in Bloomfield, Cromwell, Glastonbury, Canton and Danbury.
“Forcing girls to be spectators in their own sports is completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics,” attorney Christiana Holcomb said. “Connecticut’s policy violates that law and reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women.”
The idea of allowing men who identify as women to compete in women’s sports is to avoid discrimination against transgender people, and that’s exactly what the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference says it’s trying to do.
The lawsuit, in particular, focuses on two transgender students, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood. These two students are biologically male but have competed in women’s sports, frequently beating their female opponents for a combined 15 state indoor and outdoor championships. The daughters of the families bringing the lawsuit have competed and lost against these two men many times.
“Our dream is not to come in second or third place, but to win fair and square,” Mitchell said. “All we’re asking for is a fair chance.”
Miller defended himself, stating that he is a girl and is facing discrimination.
“I have faced discrimination in every aspect of my life and I no longer want to remain silent,” Miller said. “I am a girl and I am a runner. I participate in athletics just like my peers to excel, find community, and meaning in my life. It is both unfair and painful that my victories have to be attacked and my hard work ignored.”
Yearwood also issued a statement along the same lines.
“I will never stop being me!” he said. “I will never stop running! I hope that the next generation of trans youth doesn’t have to fight the fights that I have. I hope they can be celebrated when they succeed not demonized. For the next generation, I run for you!”
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