Biden administration withdraws support for federal lawsuit to ban transgender athletes from women’s sports
The Biden administration has withdrawn its support for a Trump-backed federal lawsuit that seeks to ban transgender high school athletes from participating in women’s sports.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office have ended their support for a complaint filed by high school runners in Connecticut who claim they have been trapped by state policy allowing students to compete as identified sex.
“The government has reconsidered the matter,” Connecticut US Attorney John Durham wrote in a court filing Tuesday.
A federal judge will hear a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Friday, which claims two transgender sprinters deprived the plaintiffs of victories and potential athletic scholarships.
On the first day of his tenure, Biden signed an executive order banning discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere.
Former President Donald Trump canceled protections for transgender people during his tenure.
Those who support restrictions on trans athletes argue that transgender girls, because they are born male, are naturally stronger, faster, and fatter than those born female.
Critics call the restrictions brazen discrimination with roots in anti-LGBT hatred.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference says it follows state law that requires all high school students to be treated based on their gender identity.
In March, then-Attorney General William Barr argued that state policy violated Title IX, the federal law that provides girls with equal opportunities in matters of education, including athletics.
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