Last week, US Attorney General William Barr expressed his support for a law put forth earlier this year by Idaho Governor Brad Little (R). Barr argued that biological males have an advantage over females when it comes to sports and it would be unfair to let the men compete in the women's category.
One coach came out in support of the Fairness in Women's Sports Act, which goes into effect July 1st and requires public sports teams to choose whether they are a male, female, or co-ed sport, and bans transgender women from competing against female athletes. The coach noted that the law is the “best, if not only, way to ensure fairness for biological girls in interscholastic sports.”
State Representative of Idaho Barbara Ehardt (R) stated that being tolerant of males competing against females “shatters our dreams” and “reverses nearly 50 years of advances for us as women.”
The ACLU responded to the bill with a lawsuit, Lindsay Hecox vs. Little.
Lindsay Hecox is a a transgender woman and student athlete at Boise State University. Hecox had hoped to try out for the University's cross country team later this summer. The lawsuit also mentions a 17-year old transgender soccer player looking to play on the Boise High School girl's team.
The lawsuit is reminiscent of the ACLU's defense of two transgender athletes in Connecticut earlier this year. Three Connecticut high school athletes filed a lawsuit in the state, with the help of an American conservative Christian nonprofit organization called Alliance Defending Freedom. In a statement released by an ADF attorney, Christina Holcomb, she said “Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Forcing them to compete against boys isn’t fair, shatters their dreams, and destroys their athletic opportunities.”
The three plaintiffs in the Connecticut case argued that they've competed with, and more times than not place behind two transgender runners, Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller. Yearwood was quoted saying that although she agrees she may be stronger than her biological female competitors, they may have their own advantages over Yearwood.
Yearwood said "One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better," and "one sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster."