© 2024 WSHU
NPR News & Classical Music
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

High School Runners Sue To Bar Trans Athletes From Competition

Pat Eaton-Robb
Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith at the Capitol in Hartford Wednesday. Smith, the daughter of former Major League pitcher Lee Smith, is among three girls suing to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls’ sports.";

Three high school track runners in Connecticut have sued to block transgender athletes from competing in girls’ sports. They say athletes with male anatomy have an unfair advantage.

The three runners – all female – say they lost scholarships competing against two transgender athletes who’ve almost always won. Their lawsuit targets the state’s athletic conference and several local schools.

Alanna Smith is one of the plaintiffs.

“Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts. That biological unfairness doesn’t go away because of what someone believes about gender identity. All girls deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field,” Smith said.

Dan Barrett with the ACLU of Connecticut called the lawsuit a dangerous distortion of law and science.

“Efforts to undermine Title IX by claiming that it doesn’t apply to a subset of girls will ultimately hurt all students and compromise the work of ending the long legacy of sex discrimination in sports.”

Barrett says the lawsuit deliberately misgenders the two girls at the center of the controversy.


The state’s interscholastic athletic conference says it follows state anti-discrimination laws.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.