Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Transgender Athletes Dominating High School Girls’ Sports

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Transgender Athletes Dominating High School Girls’ Sports


A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Sunday brought by a group of female athletes over Connecticut’s policy allowing male-to-female transgender students to compete in girls’ sports.

Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smithfiled, and Selina Soule filed suit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) in February 2020 for allowing two biological males, transgender students Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, to compete against girls in track and field. Ashley Nicoletti, another female high school athlete, later joined the suit. The plaintiffs argued that the transgender students had unfair physical advantages over their female competitors and should not be allowed to participate in high school girls’ sports.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny dismissed the lawsuit, ruling it moot now that the transgender students had graduated from high school. Chatigny wrote:

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I conclude that the request to enjoin enforcement of the CIAC policy has become moot due to the graduation of Yearwood and Miller, whose participation in girls’ track provided the impetus for this action. There

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