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Connecticut Democrats Criticize Federal Ruling On Transgender High School Athletes

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Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, left, and other runners at an indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven last year.

Nearly two dozen Connecticut Democrats have condemned a decision by the U.S. Department of Education for striking down a state policy allowing transgender girls to compete in high school girls’ sports.

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

U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes criticized the timing of the move, which came weeks before the start of Pride Month celebrating LGBTQ people.

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

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

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.
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