In Connecticut, a female track athlete reported being “disappointed” when President Joe Biden’s Justice Department decided not to pursue a lawsuit preventing transgender athletes from competing in girls’ high school sports. Alanna Smith filed the lawsuit and claimed that her teammates, Selina Soule and Chelsea Mitchell, were also deprived of their athletic experience by transgender athletes who were born “biological males” but were allowed to compete in track events for girls.
Smith and her teammates’ lawyer appeared on Fox News to describe how the girls feel they “missed out” on their athletic experience because transgender athletes have been able to win events and get awards that might have gone to them instead.
“I ran against the biological males at the New England meet because in the 200 meters I took third place when I should have gotten runner up,” Smith told Fox News. “It’s not really about placement. It’s all about knowing that I work so many hours a week to be able to get runner up at New England’s as a freshman.”
Smith and her teammates want people to “realize that fairness needs to be restored in our sport and all women’s sports.” Because of their drive to raise awareness, Smith has taken her complaint national.
“People should realize that 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,” Smith said. “We train for so many days a week, so many hours 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.”
Smith’s lawsuit targets two transgender athletes, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who frequently beat their cisgender competitors. Miller and Yearwood have won a combined fifteen girls state indoor and outdoor championship races since they began competing in 2017.
Attorney Christiana Holcomb (who is representing the girls) said that the lawsuit would continue despite lacking support from the Biden administration.
“This is clearly a politically motivated decision to side with radical activists over female athletes like Alanna,” Holcomb said.
The lawyer also criticized the “Equality Act,” which she fears will “gut legal protections for women.”
“[It] ignores the real physical differences between men and women – and threatens women’s privacy, women’s homeless shelters and yes, even women’s sports on a national level for female athletes like Alanna,” Holcomb said. “Title IX was designed to ensure that girls like Alanna have a fair and level playing field have the chance to showcased their talents, to be champions and frankly to earn those college scholarships.”
However, the girls will not get support at home in Connecticut. The state’s Attorney General William Tong shared his support of Biden’s Justice Department’s decision to drop Smith’s lawsuit.
“Transgender girls are girls, and every woman and girl deserves protection against discrimination. Period,” he said in a statement.
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