Inclusion of Transgender Student Athletes Violates Title IX, Trump Administration Says

What happens if an F to M boy wants to participate in sports and is taking testosterone plus has had top surgery.  He has to compete against young women using this logic.

From The New York Times:

Three female high school students in Connecticut had challenged a scholastic sports policy that allows transgender athletes to compete against them in track.

By Michael Levenson and Neil Vigdor
May 29, 2020

A high school sports policy in Connecticut that allows transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity violates federal law and could cost the state federal education funding, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found.

The finding came after the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian organization (aka right wing Evangelical hate group), filed complaints against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the Glastonbury school board on behalf of three high school student-athletes.

It was issued on May 15 but did not become public until Thursday. The policy is also being challenged in court. The students contended that the policy gave transgender students an unfair advantage in athletic competition and in the race for public recognition that is critical to college recruiting and scholarship opportunities.

The office said that, after an investigation, it had found that the policy violated Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in programs that receive federal funding.

By allowing transgender students to compete on female track teams, the policy “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,” the office said.

The office gave the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school athletics in the state — as well as school officials in Glastonbury, Bloomfield, Hartford, Cromwell, Canton and Danbury — 20 days to resolve the violation.

It said it would then begin the process of suspending, terminating or refusing to grant financial assistance to the association and the districts or refer the cases to the Justice Department for further action.

Transgender rights advocates denounced the finding, calling it another attempt by President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to trample civil rights for transgender youths.

In 2017, just weeks after the Trump administration took office, the Education and Justice Departments rescinded an Obama-era guidance document that informed schools that denying students access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity was a violation under Title IX.

Last year, a report by the liberal Center for American Progress found that students who said they had been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity were significantly less likely to get relief from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights under the Trump administration than they had been under the Obama administration.

“Today’s finding, which is not a legal ruling, represents another attack from the Trump administration on transgender students,” said Chase Strangio, deputy director for Trans Justice with the ACLU’s L.G.B.T. & H.I.V. Project. “Once again, the administration is wrong on the law, and we will continue to defend transgender students under Title IX and the Constitution. Trans students belong in our schools, including on sports teams, and we will not back down from this fight.”

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One Response to “Inclusion of Transgender Student Athletes Violates Title IX, Trump Administration Says”

  1. Charlie Says:

    I still don’t know how to answer that for women, but this is my experience in regards to men’s spaces. Men’s sports—or anything sex-segregated—should not lower their standards or expectations for trans men. Many of us are able to masculinize our bodies enough we can meet standards, whether for military training, sports, or anything else. If a trans guy can’t meet or beat them, he shouldn’t be included. I’ve known plenty of non-trans men, they are either severely overweight or thin and lanky, they could meet physical standards, and thus couldn’t join. They didn’t complain that the rules should change; they did what they could to lose weight, build muscle, or whatever to try and try till they could join.

    As a sports fan, I want the best, strongest people elected to a team. Sports are about competition, and I want whatever team I root for to have the best playing on them so chances of winning improve. I dated a girl once who had a congenital issue where her body produced far more testosterone than most women; she always had to bring paperwork showing she was female to sports so she could compete. She would tell me other girls complained she was “too strong” and shouldn’t be competing. If a teen is on blockers, she should be able to try out and join. To define testosterone limits or anything else that reinforces bioessentialism also discriminates against all those women born female, yet for whatever reason are stronger, or faster, or somehow differ in their physiology.
    Because if teen trans men are forced to compete against women, there would be complaints against them, too. What, all trans people should only compete on the men’s teams?

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