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Appeals court to rehear case involving transgender athletes competing in Connecticut high school sports

A New York appeals court will take another look at a previously dismissed case involving high school transgender athletes in Connecticut, per News 8 WTNH.

The lawsuit was filed three years ago by four cisgender female track-and-field athletes, who all claimed it was unfair they had to compete against transgender athletes.

After a year of consideration, the case was thrown out after the girls’ claims were deemed “speculative.”

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She lost to transgender athletes while participating in track and field events in Danbury, Connecticut. 

“I’m also very optimistic that fairness will be restored to women’s sports, and I hope that we can keep women’s sports women’s sports,” Smith said.

Former Connecticut high school athletes listen during

(L-R) Chelsea Mitchell, Selina Soule and Alanna Smith, three former Connecticut high school track athletes, listen during an “Our Bodies, Our Sports” rally for the 50th anniversary of Title IX at Freedom Plaza June 23, 2022, in Washington, D.C.  (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The American Civil Liberties Union said it will be defending Connecticut’s current policy that allows transgender athletes to compete with the gender they identify with.

This debate has had numerous lawsuits and arguments across the country, with prominent advocates for women’s sports like former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines and broadcasters Sage Steele and Sam Ponder speaking out.

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A Connecticut court will reconsider a suit brought by athletes over competing against transgender athletes. (Fox News)

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Lia Thomas, who won an NCAA swimming title as a transgender female competing against cisgender females like Gaines, is advocating for the protection of transgender athletes wanting to compete with any gender they identify as.

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