US District Judge Robert Chatigny dismissed a lawsuit Sunday challenging the participation of transgender athletes in girl’s high school sports.
The plaintiffs, four cisgender girls, brought the lawsuit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). The CIAC governs interscholastic athletic activities in Connecticut. In compliance with state law, they changed their policies to allow student-athletes to participate on sex-segregated teams based on their gender identity. In their suit, the plaintiffs alleged that the CIAC’s policy put them at a disadvantage and violated Title IX. Chatigny dismissed the case, finding it “not justiciable at this time.”
At the time the plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in 2019, two transgender girls were competing in girl’s track and field. Since they filed the suit, both transgender girls, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, have graduated, as have two of the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs argued that the participation of the transgender girls denied them the chance to compete on a level playing field.
Chatigny found the case moot, as both transgender girls have graduated and the plaintiffs could not prove they would compete against other transgender girls, and that said girls would achieve times similar to those of Yearwood and Miller. As such, Chatigny found the plaintiffs lacked a legally cognizable injury, and speculative contingencies are not enough to avoid mootness.
However, Chatigny did state that if a transgender girl did register to compete in the fall, then the plaintiffs could refile their lawsuit. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian law firm that represented the plaintiffs, has stated that they will appeal the decision.