Monday, May 11, 2020

CNN Feb 14
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the conservative nonprofit that is representing the plaintiffs, said in a statement CIAC's policy "robs female athletes of opportunities because of the physical advantages of males." 
"Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field," ADF attorney Christiana Holcomb said in a statement. "Forcing them to compete against boys isn't fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities."...

As examples, the lawsuit mentions two transgender athletes by name, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who it says began competing in the 2017 track season and brought home "15 women's state championship titles."

"The more we are told that we don't belong and should be ashamed of who we are, the fewer opportunities we have to participate in sports at all," Miller said in a statement posted on the ACLU website.

"There is a long history of excluding Black girls from sports and policing our bodies," she said. "I am a runner and I will keep running and keep fighting for my existence, my community, and my rights." 
Miller and Yearwood, the suit says, took "more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher-level competitions from female track athletes" from 2017 to 2019.
In her statement also on the ACLU website, Yearwood said it's painful to see people "not only want to tear down my successes, but take down the laws and policies that protect people like me." 
The lawsuit repeatedly references the two as "male athletes."

"The language of the complaint, which deliberately misgenders transgender youth and demands that high school athletics be organized by chromosomes, is an assault on the basic dignity and humanity of our transgender people," Strangio said in ACLU's statement after the lawsuit....

According to CIAC's reference guide for its transgender policy, school districts should determine a student's participation on sports teams based on the student's gender identity and "daily life activities in the school and community at the time that sports eligibility is determined." 
Those rules, the guide says, are compliant both with state law and Title IX. 
The guide outlines that in a 2019 consultation with the Office for Civil Rights, part of the US Department of Education, a federal compliance officer confirmed that Title IX "supports transgender athletic opportunities with the gender of which a person identifies.
According to the ACLU, Roger Federer could "identify as" a woman and be allowed to play the Women's final at the US Open. And I read about these cases at The Daily Wire, home of Ben Shapiro.

ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio:
In a new project with Google, master photographer Annie Leiobivitz turns the camera and attention onto Strangio himself. Leibovitz shot the lawyer and activist in his home revealing what he calls a “vulnerable” part of himself. Here, we talk to Strangio about being shot by famed photographer, the cis gaze on trans bodies, and trans masculine representation.
Can you tell me a little about this project?
I feel so humbled to be a part of this project that's a partnership between Google and Annie Leibovitz. It takes the work of people who they consider to be changemakers in the world and looks at how we can look at people in the present and what folks are doing as a path toward disruption and change for the future.
A woman so consumed by self-hatred that she's willing to force all women to live according to her own fantasies.
We've been here before. It's called fascism.
And of course if you follow the links you'll end up here.

Stock, Leiter, Tuvel etc.

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