Transgender athletes don't belong in girls' sports. Let my daughter compete fairly.
If boys identifying as girls left your daughter a spectator in her own sport, wouldn't you speak up?
Over the past few years, athletes, coaches and parents have been watching in disbelief as girls are being replaced on the winner’s podium by boys who identify as girls at all levels of competition. It’s what prompted Idaho to enact a law to protect female athletes from having their dreams of success on the field taken from them by a male competitor, and it’s what prompted the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to conclude that my 真人百家家乐官网网站home state, Connecticut, is in violation of federal law.
I am the mother of an elite track-and-field athlete in Connecticut. Through our attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, my daughter, Selina Soule, and I filed suit in February with two other female athletes and their mothers to challenge Connecticut’s policy of allowing biological boys to compete in girls’ sports. Connecticut is one of at least 17 states that allow this.
Selina is among the best in the state. Currently finishing her senior year, she has set five school records so far — including an outdoor long-jump distance that had stood since 1976. Selina has high aspirations for track-and-field competition at the collegiate and professional levels.
Selina’s love for competitive track and field started when she was a little girl. By the time she was in 4th grade, Selina was winning events and advancing to state-level meets and races. There’s no question that competing for her school team has been the primary highlight of her high school experience, and her goal of earning her way to the next level would make the women behind allows athletes to compete based on gender identity rather than biological sex in violation of Title IX, as the Department of Education recognized. And she isn’t the only young woman whose ability to compete on a level playing field has been taken away because of this policy.
Trust our kids: rally co-hosted by radical feminist organization Women’s Liberation Front and the conservative Concerned Women for America during arguments in a Supreme Court case involving gender identity and employment, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral 真人百家家乐官网网站homes v. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, I was one of many female speakers who represented an extraordinarily broad cross-section of beliefs.
During a two-hour span, many speakers at our rally, including myself, were loudly shouted down and berated — the hecklers demanding nothing less than our silence and capitulation — all for saying that women deserve fairness in sports.
More: embedded in our DNA and cannot be changed. It is reflected in realities like bigger, stronger and faster, even if the male athlete receives hormones. Science and common sense tell us this. And so do the times at track events.
Our daughters deserve fairness
Boys with mediocre times can compete in the boys’ category and then completely dominate girls’ events just a few weeks later. I’ve already seen this happening in Connecticut. After a series of unremarkable finishes as a boy in the 2018 indoor season, the same athlete began competing — and winning — as a girl in the outdoor season that started just weeks later.
My daughter would have qualified for the New England regionals in the 55-meter dash in Spring 2019, but instead, the top two spots went to biological boys who identify as girls. She lost her chance to compete and instead had to watch from the stands.
High school girls — as well as collegiate, amateur, and professional female athletes all over the world and in many sports — are being filed suit on Feb. 12, 2020, with two other female athletes and their mothers to challenge Connecticut’s athletics policy.