Amicus Brief

Soule v. CIAC (U.S.C.A. 2nd Circuit, 2021)

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) has a policy that allows K-12 athletes to participate in sports consistent with their gender identity. This inclusive policy and others like it help protect the safety and wellbeing of transgender youth, and help ensure that all women and girls can access the well-documented benefits of playing sports. In an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center, ADL joined 34 other organizations in supporting CIAC against this lawsuit challenging its inclusive athletic policy and urging the court to affirm the lower court ruling dismissing the case. Among other things, the brief refutes the inaccurate and dangerous myths and stereotypes that undergird the challenge to the CIAC policy. It also explains that denying students an opportunity to participate in sports consistent with their gender identity is unlawful sex discrimination under Title IX.