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Huge defeat for opponents of trans athlete inclusion: Federal judge tosses lawsuit

Karleigh Webb Terry Miller, left and Andraya Yearwood in 2019 In a rare Sunday ruling, a federal judge in Connecticut today dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of four young women who are cisgender, challenging the transgender inclusive policy of the state scholastic sports agency and several school boards.

In response to the judge’s decision to toss its suit, the extremist Christian anti-LGBTQ law group vowed to appeal.

“Unfortunately, this court has chosen to ignore our clients’ demoralizing experiences of losing to male runners,” ADF’s legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb said in the hate group’s online statement , which misgenders two Black trans women named in the suit — former high school athletes Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood — by repeatedly referring to them as males.

In May 2020, District Judge Robert Chatigny , a Clinton appointee, ordered ADF attorneys to stop doing that . Their response was to demand the judge voluntarily step down from deciding the case, which, obviously, didn’t happen.

The American Civil Liberties Union , which represents Miller and Yearwood, hailed the dismissal. Andraya Yearwood, 2021. Steve Remich/ACLU “This is good news for transgender students in Connecticut and around the country,” said ACLU attorney […]

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