Transgender athletes don't belong in girls' sports. Let my daughter compete fairly.
In recent years, athletes, coaches and parents have watched incredibly as girls on the podium have been replaced by boys who identify themselves as girls at all levels of competition. This prompted Idaho to enact a law to protect women athletes from losing their success in the field from a male competitor, and it prompted the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Office to conclude that my home state Connecticut violates federal law.
I am the mother of an elite athlete in Connecticut. Through our lawyers at Alliance Defending Freedom, my daughter Selina Soule and I filed a lawsuit with two other athletes and their mothers in February to challenge Connecticut policies to allow organic boys to compete in girl sports. Connecticut is one of at least 17 states that allow it.
Selina is one of the best in the state. She is currently finishing her senior year and has set five school records so far - including an outdoor long jump course that has existed since 1976. Selina places high demands on athletics competitions at college and professional level.
Selina's love of athletics started when she was a little girl. When she was in 4th grade, Selina won events and rose to meetings and races at the state level. There is no question that the competition for her school team was the main highlight of her high school experience, and her goal of finding the way to the next level would make the women behind Title IX of the Civil Rights Act proud.
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However, Selina's future is at risk as the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference enables athletes to compete against Title IX based on gender identity rather than biological gender, the Department of Education recognized. And she's not the only young woman whose ability to survive at eye level has been compromised by this policy.
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My family and I talked about the injustice that girls sport face and we were shocked by the reaction.
Biology is important in sport
At an October 2019 rally jointly organized by the radical feminist organization Women’s Liberation Front and the conservative Concerned Women for America, while disputes over a Supreme Court case on gender identity and employment, R.G. & GR. Harris Funeral Homes v Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, I was one of many spokespersons who represented an exceptionally wide range of beliefs.
During a two-hour period, many speakers at our rally, including myself, were shouted and scolded - the callers demanded nothing less than our silence and surrender - for saying that women deserve fairness in sports.
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Unfortunately, the Supreme Court made a decision on Monday that reconciles gender and gender in employment, but we still have a chance to preserve women's sports.
Whatever you think about gender identity in general, the simple fact is that biology is important in athletics, not a person's identity. Gender identity can be changed. Sex is embedded in our DNA and cannot be changed. It is reflected in realities such as lung capacity and bone density. Sex is not a gender.
Women's sport was created to give girls a fair chance at competitions. That includes fair victories and fair defeats. Girls deserve the same chance as boys to outdo themselves, move up to the next stage of the competition, win and stand on this podium. But allowing boys to compete in girls 'sports shakes girls' dreams and denies our daughters equal opportunities.
Boys always have certain physical advantages over girls. That is the reason why we do women's sports at all. Boys' bodies are simply different on average: they're bigger, stronger, and faster, even if the male athlete receives hormones. Science and common sense tell us this. And the times at track events too.
Our daughters deserve fairness
Boys with mediocre times can compete in the boys category and completely dominate the events of the girls a few weeks later. I have already seen this in Connecticut. After a series of unremarkable results as a boy in the 2018 indoor season, the same athlete started playing and winning as a girl in the outdoor season, which started just a few weeks later.
My daughter would have qualified for the 55-meter run for the New England regionals in spring 2019, but instead the first two places went to organic boys who identify themselves as girls. She lost her chance to compete and instead had to watch from the stands.
Bianca Stanescu's daughter Selina Soule in 2019 in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
High school girls - as well as college, amateur and professional athletes all over the world and in many sports - are dominated by biological men. We need to look at other options and find a solution where young women are not denied their rightful place on the podium.
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Too many parents, trainers and authority figures are silent on the subject. Even worse, young women like my daughter are bullied and labeled "sore losers" or "transphobic" because they simply strive for fairness in sports.
Imagine it is your girl who is denied a victory she has won. Imagine your daughter, who works day and night to save a fraction of a second, is denied a win or a college scholarship - all because she has to compete against boys who identify as girls. And imagine your child is marginalized and ridiculed just because it raises questions. Could you overlook injustice?
We are silenced. We have to get in touch to stop this assumption of women's rights. That's not fair. Women and girls deserve the same competitive conditions in sport everywhere.
Bianca Stanescu and her daughter, athlete Selina Soule, filed a lawsuit on February 12, 2020 with two other athletes and their mothers to question Connecticut's athletics policy.
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This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Transgender athletes rob girls of a chance to compete fairly
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