(TIME) — Education Dept: Connecticut policy allowing trans athletes to compete in girls sports is a Title IX civil rights violation.
A policy allowing transgender athletes to compete in girls sports violates the civil rights of female athletes, a federal agency ruled
The office said in a 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows transgender athletes to participate as the gender with which they identify. It said the policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.
The dispute, which is already the subject of a federal lawsuit, centers on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their competitors, winning a combined 15 girls state indoor or outdoor championship races since 2017, according to the lawsuit.
Lawyers for the transgender athletes have argued that both are undergoing hormone treatments that have put them on an equal footing with the girls they are competing against. One of the plaintiffs, Chelsea Mitchell, won two state indoor title races over Miller this year.