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Feds Are Finally Investigating Whether It's Illegal for Boys To Play High School Sports as Girls

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Is it right for biological men to directly compete against women in competitive sports … and is it even legal?

That’s the question that the federal Department of Education is now investigating after numerous complaints about transgender athletes at the high school level. At the center of the debate is the state of Connecticut where the Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs school sports, has enacted very liberal policies.

According to the CIAC’s handbook, high school students can choose to identify as a member of the opposite biological sex, and then compete in that category. The predictable result? Boys are beating girls in countless events — not just by a bit, but by wide margins that make the events unfair and noncompetitive.

“The result has been domination of girls’ track and field events by biological males, including by one male who couldn’t cut it in male track and then shattered 10 records in female track,” The College Fix reported.

Biology and reality don’t play politics. What students and parents in Connecticut and across the nation are discovering is that there are vast differences in male and female bodies, and those differences don’t magically disappear even if a student identifies as transgender.

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That’s largely common sense — just take a look at the differences in men and women’s athletic world records. But the Department of Education has now agreed to investigate whether the “any gender goes” policies violate Title IX, a federal law that bans exclusion based on sex.

Students and parents are insisting that the lax transgender rules are unfair against female athletes, and also that the Interscholastic Athletic Conference tried to punish anyone who criticized the transgender policy.

“The agency’s Office for Civil Rights in Boston agreed to open an investigation into the allegations by Selina Soule, two unnamed students and their parents, including that they faced retaliation from CIAC and the Glastonbury Board of Education for advocating against the ‘Transgender Participation Policy,’” College Fix said.

“The investigation will probe whether CIAC and the district ‘denied equal athletic benefits and opportunities to girls’ in violation of Title IX.”

Are transgender athlete making events unfair for girls?

There’s strong evidence that this is exactly what happened. In the claim filed by students and parents, a female athlete testified that she was removed from her sprint relay team and denied college athletic recommendations because she had been replaced by transgender biological males on the team.

“Allowing boys to compete in girls’ sports reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women,” pointed out the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group assisting the frustrated students.

“Selina (Soule) and her fellow female athletes train countless hours in hope of the personal satisfaction of victory, an opportunity to participate in state and regional meets, or a chance at a college scholarship,” ADF continued. “But girls competing against boys know the outcome before the race even starts.”

Soule herself has spoken out on the issue.

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“I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves,” she said, according to The Blaze. “They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”

That’s a very good point and one that shows just how silly things have become in the name of liberal politics. Seeking a level playing field is fine, but allowing biological men to slant that field in their favor isn’t true equality. It’s gaming the system.

It is time to start being honest about reality, instead of living in a land of make-believe. The vast chemical and musculature differences between the sexes are real, which is of course why serious competitive sports were split by gender in the first place.

Transgender people have the same undeniable human rights as everyone else, but that doesn’t mean that identifying as one gender changes physics. Pretending otherwise is rather unscientific, and the results speak for themselves.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.




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