Cis Female Athletes File Lawsuit Over Transgender Opponents

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Three Connecticut cisgender female high school track runners filed a federal discrimination complaint because they lost to a transgender opponent, according to CBS News.

The conservative Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom submitted the complaint for the girls against a statewide policy on transgender athletes. The policy states that students can compete with the gender they identify with, rather than their sex assigned at birth. 

"Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field," said Christiana Holcomb, legal counsel for the law firm told CBS. "Women fought long and hard to earn the equal athletic opportunities that Title IX provides. Allowing boys to compete in girls' sports reverses nearly 50 years of advances for women under this law. We shouldn't force these young women to be spectators in their own sports."

The girls argue they lost top finishes in races and possibly scholarships as a result of the policy.