Source - 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 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.
This has been one of those "third rail" topics you learn not to touch because it's a nightmare to discuss. Any conversation about it quickly degenerates into raw emotion, screaming matches, allegations that you're either a transphobe or a misogynist, a libtard or a Hitler. The sort of thing where any public discussion of it ends up in YouTube with headlines like "Person A DESTROYS Morally and Intellectually Inferior Person B Over Trans Athletes," regardless of who comes down on which side of the argument.
It's a delicate issue. Filled with all the shades of gray area you're going to get lost in anytime you're dealing with conflicts among teenagers and whose rights are infringing on whose. And this one is especially gray area-ish because you're either taking a stand against kids who are making a life-altering transition at the most difficult stage of human development or you're standing against high school girls. And there's no way to compromise between the two. It's a zero sum game.
One guy who has spoken candidly and with a lot of intelligence on this one has been Joe Rogan, which should come as no surprise.
Rogan's basic point is that, from a physiological standpoint, you can't take someone who've been males all their lives, with testosterone flowing through their system, stronger ligaments, longer limbs, hip bones that are more conducive to physical activity and so on, put them up against biological females, and expect that they won't have a decided advantage. It's just biology. Even after they've transitioned.
Not in 100% of cases, obviously. But pretty damned close to it. For instance, put me up against your typical Connecticut high school girl athlete in any sport besides bowling and darts, and she'll probably mop the track with me. For that matter, if I'm golfing against Kaitlyn Jenner, I'm insisting she play from the back tees and I'm demanding strokes. But this isn't about me. Trans athletes will, by and large, dominate biological females. In track, field, wrestling, martial arts, weight lifting, tennis, basketball. Name it. That's just a fact. The results bear that out. And any rational discussion of the issue has to acknowledge that or else we're wasting our time talking about it.
So I'm with the Department of Education on this one. It's a tough call, obviously, and no one wishes ill of the trans athletes. But the only way places like Connecticut can continue with the same policy is to just remove the competition from sports. Make them just exhibitions, with no winners, no trophies or ribbons. No records or championships. And nobody wants that. Kids get enough of that at the youth sports level and it's worse for them psychologically than having winners and losers. Title IX was passed to put female sports on an even playing field. This ruling just took a step towards making that a reality.