It might seem like the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is sucking all the air out of the country, but there are some things still happening outside of the virus and our national response.
The Department of Justice made its voice heard when it argued against allowing transgender high school girls to compete against girls in high school sports. The DOJ signed a letter of interest in a federal case on the subject, which pits a high school girl against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).
The CIAC argues that Title IX means they must treat all high school students according to which sex they identify as, which means allowing boys who identify as girls to compete in girls’ athletic events. The problem is obvious Boys are stronger and faster than girls, so two young men who identify as girls have been winning most of the foot races they enter as girls, denying biological girls of the places they would have taken in those competitions.
The DOJ’s letter read:
“Under CIAC’s interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women. Instead, schools must have certain biological males — namely, those who publicly identify as female — compete against biological females,” Barr and the other department officials write. “In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.”