The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights will investigate the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for its policy that allows biological males who identify as females to compete in girls sports, according to The College Fix.
The investigation will look into whether the CIAC’s policy that allows transgender girls to compete with biological girls violates Title IX by denying “equal athletic benefits and opportunities to girls.” It will also investigate accusations that the CIAC retaliated against those who complained about the policy.
The alleged retaliation includes a CIAC director cutting off communication with a student after she spoke out against the transgender participation policy, and a coach replacing another student who complained on a relay team, refusing to give a good report to colleges about her, and suggesting she quit the team due to her schedule.
Some female students and their parents have complained after two transgender athletes began competing in girls track and field and winning, even breaking records. The conference policy allows students to compete in sports based on their gender identification “in current school records and daily life activities in the school and community at the time that sports eligibility is determined for a particular season.”
Alliance Defending Freedom submitted the Title IX complaint on behalf of the students and parents, and detailed its rationale in a news release:
Title IX is a federal law that was designed to eliminate discrimination against women in education and athletics, and women fought long and hard to earn the equal athletic opportunities that Title IX provides. Allowing boys to compete in girls’ sports reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women. …
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. But girls competing against boys know the outcome before the race even starts.
Selina Soule has been outspoken against the transgender participation policy.
“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” Soule said. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”