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Transgender Athlete Policy is Subject of Civil Rights Probe

Thursday Aug 8, 2019
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.
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.  (Source:AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

The federal Office for Civil Rights has launched an investigation into Connecticut's policy allowing transgender high school athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify.

The investigation follows a complaint by the families of three girls, who say they were discriminated against by having to compete in track against two athletes who were identified as male at birth. They say that violates Title IX, the federal law designed to ensure equal athletic opportunities for females.

The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference says its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law that says students must be treated in school by the gender they identify with.

Transathlete.com says Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions.

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This story has been updated to correct the name of the investigating body to Office for Civil Rights, not the Office of Civil Rights.

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