DOJ withdraws support from CT lawsuit brought by high school girls over transgender athletes

by Laura Mize · Feb 25th, 2021 3:44 pm

Last Updated Feb 26th, 2021 at 10:21 pm

President Joe Biden's Department of Justice has withdrawn department support for a lawsuit brought by three female athletes in Connecticut seeking to prohibit biological males from competing in female sports in the state.

Under former President Donald Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr had put the department's support behind the suit. Barr said the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which called for the participation of biological males beginning in 2017, "deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX."

In response to the Biden DOJ's withdrawal of support, one of the young plaintiffs pled for change to Connecticut's practices.

"Fairness needs to be restored in our sport and all other women's sports ..." Alanna Smith said during a Wednesday Fox News appearance with her attorney. "... A lot of biological females have missed out on making it to meets that really matter, like states and regionals, and the transgender athletes have taken spots on the podium that belong to biological females.

"We train for so many days a week, so many hours to be able to be the best in our state and the best in our region, and these biological males are just taking it away from us and we really deserve it.

"Even before I get to the track, I already know that I'm not going to 
get first place, or maybe even second place . . . I know that no matter how hard I work, I won't be able to have the top spot."

The Alliance Defending Freedom — which represents Smith, the two other athletes, and the mothers of the three girls — says the lawsuit will continue despite the DOJ's lack of support.


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