Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Description:  Ever since the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference adopted a policy that allows males who identify as female to compete in girls’ athletic events, boys have consistently deprived Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell of honors and opportunities to compete at elite levels. CIAC’s policy is at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics.


DOJ sides with CT high school athletes seeking to protect fair play in girls’ sports


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Client videos (YouTube):  Overview | Selina Soule’s Story | Alanna Smith’s Story
Client videos (Vimeo):  Overview | Selina Soule’s Story | Alanna Smith’s Story

Photos:  All | Selina Soule | Alanna Smith | Selina & Alanna | Chelsea Mitchell | Press Conference

 
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s statement of interest filed Tuesday in federal district court in support of Connecticut high school athletes and their mothers seeking to protect fair play in girls’ sports in the ADF case Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools:

“Girls shouldn’t be reduced to spectators in their own sports. Allowing males to compete in the female category isn’t fair and destroys girls’ athletic opportunities. Males will always have inherent physical advantages over comparably talented and trained girls—that’s the reason we have girls’ sports in the first place. And a male’s belief about his gender doesn’t eliminate those advantages. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy is also completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics. As the DOJ rightly explains in its statement of interest filed in this case, ‘Title IX and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination solely “on the basis of sex,” not on the basis of transgender status, and therefore neither require nor authorize CIAC’s transgender policy. To the contrary, CIAC’s construction of Title IX as requiring the participation of students on athletic teams that reflect their gender identity would turn the statute on its head.’”

As a result of the policy in Connecticut, two males have taken 15 women’s state championship titles (held in 2016 by nine different Connecticut girls) and have taken more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions from female track athletes in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Previous news releases:

  • 2020-02-12: High-school athletes file suit to protect fairness in girls’ sports
  • 2020-02-11: Press conference Wednesday on new developments regarding fairness in girls’ sports
  • 2019-08-08: Federal govt agrees to investigate Connecticut policy that abolishes girls-only sports
  • 2019-06-18: Female athletes challenge Connecticut policy that abolishes girls-only sports

Commentary:

  • Christiana Holcomb: Taking issue with editorial on transgender athletes (Danbury News Times, 2020-03-12)
  • Alanna Smith: I deserve a level playing field (New York Daily News, 2020-03-04)
  • Christiana Holcomb: New lawsuit seeks to protect women’s athletics (Connecticut Post, 2020-02-16)
  • Maureen Collins: Connecticut high-school track star goes to court to protect girls’ sports (Christian Post, 2020-02-13)
  • Cheryl Radachowsky: ‘Justice’ for trans athletes is unfair to girls like my daughter (New York Post, 2019-10-13)

Videos:
  • Alanna Smith’s Story (3:58):  YouTube | Vimeo
  • Selina Soule’s Story (3:15):  YouTube | Vimeo
  • Boys competing in girls’ sports? It’s time to stand for fair play (1:40):  YouTube | Vimeo

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