Most 16 year olds probably weren’t preparing for an appearance on the Today Show over their summer break.
But Connecticut high school student Selina Soule was.
Last week, Selina appeared on the Today Show along with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb to take a stand for female athletes.
As a high school athlete, Selina has seen her chances for state titles and even college scholarships slipping away from her. And it’s not because she lacks the talent or training.
No, it’s because the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) has permitted biological males to compete with the girls. And two transgender athletes in Connecticut have been sweeping the female competition, collecting titles and records along the way.
Because of this, ADF filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, asking that it investigate and ultimately protect the right of these female athletes to compete on a level playing field.
Watch what Selina had to say on the Today Show.
Selina has felt the consequences of this policy firsthand.
At the Connecticut indoor track championships earlier this year, Selina placed eighth in the 55-meter dash, just one spot away from qualifying for the 55m final and two spots away from a chance to compete for a place in the New England regional championships.
Two male athletes took first and second place in that event.
The top six athletes qualify to compete at the New England regional championships, where many college scouts attend. If these biological males had not been allowed to compete with the girls, Selina likely would have qualified for these championships. Instead, she had to watch from the sidelines.
“It is very frustrating for [the female athletes in Connecticut] because no matter how hard we try and how hard we train, they will beat us no matter what,” Selina said.
It is a biological fact that men are stronger than women. They have more muscle mass, greater bone density, and more heart and lung capacity. And any training that these biological males put in only increases that discrepancy.
“I don’t think any solution can be truly fair that allows a biological male to come in and take away athletic opportunities for young women,” Holcomb said.
While transgender athletes need compassionate solutions, that should not come at the expense of fairness for these female athletes. They’ve worked too hard to be watching their own event from the sidelines.