Two transgender high school track and field athletes responded Wednesday to a Title IX complaint alleging that the runners prevented other female runners from top finishes and potentially from college scholarships. I participate in athletics just like my peers to excel, find community and meaning in my life. It is both unfair and painful that my victories have to be attacked and my hard work ignored.
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For a 4-year-old boy who enjoyed tottering around the house in his mother's high heels the word "transgender" was not part of Soto Petropoulos' childhood. These days, Petropoulos, 47, can be found warmly greeting customers at Transformations, his family's Arlington Heights clothing and accessories shop that caters to the transgender community. More than four decades after he first donned women's clothing, he is cautiously optimistic that celebrity Bruce Jenner's recent transition to Caitlyn will help others end years of living in the shadows.
High sprinter Selina Soule and two unnamed track and field athletes filed the complaint Monday with the U. The law firm Alliance Defending Freedom officially filed the complaint on behalf of the athletes, with counsel Christiana Holcomb later speaking with the media about the decision to move forward. The two athletes identified in the complaint — Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell Conn. Before they even reach the courtroom, both were outspoken in statements about the lawsuit and the way it attempts to invalidate their accomplishments on the track.
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The sentiment is universal: Everyone agrees that Andraya Yearwood should be allowed to compete in her chosen races as a girl. After all, she identifies as a girl, trains alongside fellow females and plans to eventually undergo hormone therapy to complete a transition from her male birth gender to female. What is much harder to determine, as outlined beautifully in this Hartford Courant piece by Jeff Jacobsis whether her competing as a girl in the Class M state track and field meet was fair.
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Three Connecticut girls who have run high school track have filed a federal discrimination complaint saying a statewide policy on transgender athletes has cost them top finishes in races and possibly college scholarships. The complaint filed Monday with the U. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights was submitted by the conservative Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the girls, who are asking for an investigation of the policy and orders that would make competitions fair. The complaint also cites the federal Title IX rules aimed at equal rights in sports for female athletes.