Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools

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Tuesday, September 08, 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, Chelsea Mitchell, and Ashley Nicoletti 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.

US DOE: Supreme Court’s Title VII decision doesn’t change CT’s violation of Title IX

Tuesday, September 01, 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
B-roll:  Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood win race over Chelsea Mitchell (2018-06-04)

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 Education Office for Civil Rights’ revised letter of impending enforcement action issued Monday that informs the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference that the recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Title VII does not change the agency’s determination that the conference is violating Title IX in allowing males to compete in girls’ sports:

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning a completely separate law cannot be manipulated to mean that girls should be reduced to spectators in their own sports. The OCR’s revised letter, which represents a formal statement of the agency’s position, rightly recognizes this. Among other things, the Supreme Court expressly stated that it was not ruling on any law outside of Title VII and the questions surrounding it, which are entirely different than the questions involved in this situation, where physiological differences between athletes remain clearly relevant. If anything, that ruling only reinforces the binding nature of Title IX, as the OCR revised letter explains. In short, no credible legal argument can be made to push girls off of the winners’ podium in their own sports. 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.”

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys asked DOE to investigate in June 2019 and filed the lawsuit Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut the following February.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Previous news releases:

  • 2020-05-28: Dept. of Education: Connecticut policy abolishing girls-only sports violates Title IX
  • 2020-03-25: DOJ sides with CT high school athletes seeking to protect fair play in girls’ sports
  • 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


  • Caroline Roberts: Connecticut policy robs girls of athletic opportunities (CNS News, 2020-08-27)
  • Bianca Stanescu: Transgender athletes don’t belong in girls’ sports. Let my daughter compete fairly. (USA Today, 2020-06-19)
  • Christy Mitchell: Champion shouldn’t have to apologize (Waterbury Republican American, 2020-06-16)
  • Kristen Waggoner: COVID-19 isn’t the only thing derailing women’s sports (Townhall, 2020-05-15)
  • Christiana Holcomb: Coronavirus reveals that biological differences between men and women matter after all (Washington Examiner, 2020-04-22)
  • 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)
  • Should “transgender women” be allowed to compete in women’s sports? (4:14): YouTube
  • Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood win race over Chelsea Mitchell (2018-06-04) (0:27):  Vimeo
  • 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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