NBC: A Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports violates the civil rights of female athletes, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has ruled. The ruling, which was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The office said in a 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows transgender athletes to participate as the gender with which they identify. It said the policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.
It has “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits,” according to the letter, which is dated May 15. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which oversees scholastic sports in the state, has said its policy is designed to comply with the state’s law barring schools from discriminating against transgender students. A call seeking comment was left Thursday with CIAC. The dispute, which is already the subject of a federal lawsuit, centers on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their competitors, winning a combined 15 girls state indoor or outdoor championship races since 2017, according to the lawsuit.
Lawyers for the transgender athletes have argued that both are undergoing hormone treatments that have put them on an equal footing with the girls they are competing against. One of the plaintiffs, Chelsea Mitchell, won two state indoor title races over Miller this year. The plaintiffs sought to block the participation of Miller and Yearwood, both seniors, from spring track meets, which were later canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were also seeking to erase all records set by the transgender athletes. Connecticut is one of 18 states, along with Washington, D.C. that allows transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com, which tracks state policies in high school sports across the country.
The U.S. Education Department's civil rights office said in a 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows athletes to participate under the gender with which they identify https://t.co/xwfkyhZzO4
— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) May 28, 2020
When I see news like this I remind myself why it was so important that Donald Trump got elected President. This wouldn’t have happened under a Hillary Clinton controlled Department of Education. Ironically the first female President would’ve gladly allowed boys to continue to dominate girls in girls sports, thus undoing decades of progress made by feminists.
I’d like to thank Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller for pulling the stunt they did. Because both of these biological boys were above average male athletes they were able to highlight the ridiculousness of Connecticut’s transgender athlete policy. If they were slow and fat transgender kids they never would’ve won anything and this would’ve been allowed to continue. Their complete mockery of women’s athletic was so absurd that it caught the attention of the Trump administration and prompted them to act.
We’ve written about these two several times. A quick review of their accomplishments:
- In Spring 2018 as a sophomore Terry Miller, who competed on the boys track team that winter, became a girl. He was one of the better boys on his team, so when he competed as a girl he not only won everything, he smashed state records that will likely never be touched. Luckily as part of the lawsuit all of these fake state records will be thrown out.
— Courant HS Sports (@CTVarsity) June 4, 2018
— GameTimeCT (@GameTimeCT) June 4, 2018
— JW (@AngryJohnnie) June 4, 2018
Watch Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, both boys who identify as girls, dominate as they compete against girls. #SaveWomensSports #TeamBiology@Martina @sharrond62 @damekellyholmes @paulajradcliffe @AnaPaulaVolei @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS @mike_pence @iocmedia pic.twitter.com/8L68WoPoik
— Save Women's Sports (@SaveWomensSport) April 19, 2019
- In the winter of 2019 as juniors Yearwood and Miller dominated the Connecticut State Championship meet, and then went on to destroy the competition at New Englands. Not only did Miller win the 300 and 55 meter championships, he also ran the second leg of his team’s 4×400 championship team. Watch at the 4:32 mark of this video, and look at the sizable lead that Miller has to overcome in order to beat some of the fastest girls in New England. The poor girl from Shepherd Hill never had a shot despite a 4-5 second head start, because Terry Miller is a dude.
— MileSplitMass (@MileSplitMass) March 2, 2019
Alyssa's last 300m, 2nd in New England Championships pic.twitter.com/ECcTDz0j7H
— Coach Dufour (@CoachDu4) March 2, 2019
- It not only affected the individual girls who were denied medals and spots in the finals, it also affected the team scores. Terry Miller left his high school after sophomore year because they weren’t very competitive as a team, and was recruited to run for Bloomfield High School. In the State Championship Meet in the Winter of 2019 Bloomfield won quite easily, but would’ve finished in 4th without Miller winning 3 individual state titles on his own. Glastonbury was robbed, as were any schools that were competitive in sprinting events but not long distance events. Because there are no transgender long distance runners in Connecticut. Yet.
Haven’t heard from my good friend Alex Reimer yet, but his coworkers at Outsports are not happy about this.
The DeVos Department of Education is wrong on the law. We will continue to defend transgender students against yet another attack from the Trump administration.
Trans students belong in our schools, and on sports teams, and we will not back down from this fight. https://t.co/97QPauGpWe
— ACLU (@ACLU) May 28, 2020
— Outsports (@outsports) May 28, 2020
From the article: But let’s play along for a moment: if the feds were to make good on their threat to withhold funding from the state, how much of a hit would that be? Ballotpedia says the feds provided Connecticut with $6.3 billion in 2014, which was 24.6% of the state’s general revenues. We can only imagine how desperate that federal money is needed now, in 2020, during a pandemic.
They’re complaining because Connecticut won’t get federal money during a “pandemic” if they continue to allow boys to compete against girls. Here’s a thought – if you’re that concerned about the money then don’t let boys compete against girls. Problem solved.
The invitation is still extended to Reimer to debate me on this topic whenever he likes. It’s probably one of the easiest debates I could possibly have. I’d start with the obvious question he couldn’t answer – what is a woman? No one on team BLT-123 can answer that because ultimately it requires them to admit that there are biological differences between men and women. You can’t “feel like a woman” without first defining what a woman is. Then I’d point out that taking hormone suppressors takes off about 0.1 seconds on your 100 meter time, so it doesn’t slow the boys down much. However, on average the median boys 100 meter time is 1.5-2 seconds faster than the median girls 100 meter time. Thus even with hormone suppressers it’s still completely unfair. People like Reimer don’t do well with facts which is why they throw temper tantrums in their bedroom and refuse to debate Turtleboy.
Thank you Betsy Devos, thank you President Trump, and thank you to the brave girls who finally stood up themselves and fought back for their civil rights.
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