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Department Of Education: Conn. Transgender Runner Policy Violates Title IX

Cromwell High School track coach Brian Calhoun, left, speaks to transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood during a break at a meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn., in 2019.
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Cromwell High School track coach Brian Calhoun, left, speaks to transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood during a break at a meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn., last year.

The U.S. Department of Education has ruled that a Connecticut policy allowing transgender girls to compete in girls’ sports is illegal.

The case revolves around two transgender girls who compete in high school track events in Connecticut. Three other athletes say the two girls have an unfair advantage because they were assigned male at birth.

The federal agency’s Office of Civil Rights said the policy violates Title IX and denies female athletes opportunities.

Attorneys for the transgender athletes say the girls are undergoing hormone treatments that put them on equal footing with other girls in the track events.

The dispute is also the subject of an ongoing federal lawsuit.

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