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Appeals Court holds hearing on Conn. transgender school athlete policy

Representatives from both sides of the lawsuit involving the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy of allowing transgender athletes to compete in high school athletics delivered their arguments in a federal appeals court yesterday.  Four former high school athletes, including one from Danbury High School, filed the lawsuit along with Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group.  ADF argues the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy violates Title IX, a federal law guaranteeing women equal access to sports.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut asked the court to toss the case out.  The ACLU also believes Title IX supports their case.  Last April, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny dismissed the case, ruling that the lawsuit was “moot” since two transgender athletes, former Bloomfield High student Terry Miller of Bloomfield and former Cromwell High student Andraya Yearwood graduated from high school and the plaintiffs could not identify any additional transgender athletes currently competing within the CIAC.  The federal appeals court could dismiss the lawsuit, strike down Connecticut’s transgender policy – or send the case back to a lower court.  

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