Four former Connecticut high school female athletes have filed a lawsuit against the state in response to its “unfair” policy of allowing transgender students to compete in women’s sports.
Speaking with Fox News, Selina Soule — one of the four athletes participating in the lawsuit — argued that the “unfair” policy disadvantages female athletes.
Since 2017, Connecticut’s Department of Education has claimed that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX, the law which prohibits schools that receive federal funding from discriminating based on sex.
During her interview, Soule cited the negative consequences of allowing boys to participate in girls’ sports.
“I lost out on qualifying spots for the meets, better placement, and possibly even scholarship opportunities,” she said.
“It was a very frustrating and heartbreaking thing to have to go through,” Soule added.
The female students’ lawsuit against Connecticut was thrown out last year by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny. In dismissing the case, the judge asserted that the lawsuit was “moot” because the two transgender athletes at the center of the case — who had set records in women’s sports — had already graduated from high school.
The female athletes are being represented in an appeal by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Arguments from both sides of the lawsuit were heard on Thursday by Chief Judge Debra Ann Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
According to reporting from the Connecticut Insider, lawyers from the ADF have argued that Connecticut’s policy actually violates Title IX, and are seeking to set aside the transgender athletes’ championship records in track and field.
The lawyers went on to note that Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference rules “require a retroactive correction of records if a record is found to have been achieved in violation of the CIAC rules.”
“These records we contend were achieved not in violation of the rule but in violation of the law, which is an even worse violation,” said ADF attorney Roger Brooks.
Another one of the female athletes, Chelsea Mitchell, has given interviews to several conservative news outlets about the controversy.