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Lawyers must call male runners ‘trans females’ in athletics lawsuit


Attorneys are calling for a federal judge to recuse himself from a transgender sports case, after the judge instructed that they use terminology for gender identity and not biological sex.


The Title IX case in Connecticut was brought by three female high school track athletes against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) over a policy of allowing athletes to compete in sports based on their self-described gender identity, not their biological sex.

After males identifying themselves as female began competing in women’s track events in the state, the three athletes— Selina Soule of Glastonbury High School, senior Chelsea Mitchell of Canton High School, and sophomore Alanna Smith of Danbury High School—said they were unlawfully discriminated against.

In an April 16 conference call for the case, district court judge Robert Chatigny instructed attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom—the group representing the female athletes—to refer to the males identifying as female as “transgender females,” rather than as “males,” National Review reported on Monday.

“Referring to these individuals as ‘transgender females’ is consistent with science, common practice and perhaps human decency,” the judge said. 

Chatigny said that referring to the biologically male athletes as “males” is “not accurate” and  “needlessly provocative.”  

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