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THOMASTON, Georgia (LifeSiteNews) – An athletic association of more than 400 Georgia schools this week banned students from competing in high school sports based their on “gender identity” rather than their biological sex.

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) on Wednesday voted to repeal a 2016 policy that let individual schools and school districts decide whether gender-confused students could join teams for the opposite sex. The association’s constitution now affirms that “a student’s sex is determined by the sex noted on his/her certificate at birth,” according to meeting minutes.

The GHSA is a “voluntary organization composed of over 465 public and private high schools,” the group’s website states.

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UPDATE (1/29/21) - On day one of the new administration, Biden signed an Executive Order dismantling girls sports, and allowing biological boys back into girls locker-rooms.

The order declares: "Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the rest room, the locker room, or school sports. . . . All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."

This affront to reason effectively signals an end to girls' and women's sports, and diminishes their effort to compete on a level playing field.

Though this petition has already been delivered once, we will deliver new signatures to the US Dept of Education when restrictions permit, in honor of Selina Soule, who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in 2019.

UPDATE (5/29/20) - US Dep’t of Education: Letting males compete in girls’ sports violates female athletes’ civil rights

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-dept-of-education-letting-trans-boys-compete-in-girls-sports-violates-female-athletes-civil-rights

UPDATE (2/13/20) - Selina Soule and two other Connecticut high school girl track athletes, Alanna Smith and Chelsea Mitchell, have sued the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to stop boys who claim to be girls from competing in their sport.

Soule is the same high school girl who, last year, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). That complaint is still ongoing, as the OCR has not yet handed down its guidance ruling.

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But, with another track season soon coming to an end, the girls' attorneys have asked the Court for an injunction that would stop the CIAC from implementing its current policy while the lawsuit proceeds.

Soule, Smith, and Mitchell will soon run in regional and state meets, competing for state championships. This year, they would like to have the opportunity to win, fair and square.

Please learn more about the latest news concerning this case, here: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/three-girls-sue-state-to-stop-boys-who-say-theyre-girls-from-competing-in-their-sport

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Selina Soule is a female athlete who now must compete against biological males because of Connecticut's policy requiring that boys who identify as girls be admitted into girls' sports competitions.

But, when boys compete in girls' sports, they win because they have a natural advantage. It's scientifically proven, and it's also common sense.

This crushes the motivation of the biological girls who have worked hard to compete on a level playing field, only to enter into competitions which they can never win, despite all of their efforts.

It also puts girls into harm's way in contact sports, AND it deprives female athletes of their right to fairly compete for college scholarships and other accolades.

This is wrong! And, that's why this URGENT petition supports Selina and all the other female athletes out there, who have put in the hours on the track or on the court.

Please SIGN this common sense petition supporting Selina Soule's complaint to the Dept of Education's Office for Civil Rights, against Connecticut's discriminatory policy.

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The new policy, which passed in a near-unanimous vote, takes effect immediately, GHSA executive director Robin Hines told CNN.

“We don’t want to discriminate against anybody, but that includes biological girls,” Hines commented to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ahead of Wednesday’s vote. “There are competitive imbalances generally between biological females and biological males.”

“This is focusing on athletic equity and competitive balance,” he said.

Hines added that the move simply reinstates years-long requirements prior to 2016 mandating that athletes compete based on the sex listed on their birth certificate.

READ: Tennessee law defunds schools that allow ‘trans’ athletes in girls’ sports

The GHSA’s motion comes after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last week signed a bill reiterating the association’s authority to restrict girls’ sports to actual females amid rising outrage over so-called “transgender” males dominating female athletics at the high schoolcollege, and professional levels.

“Following my signature on HB 1084, the Georgia High School Association today voted to protect fairness in school sports by unanimously approving youth to compete according to the sex determined on his/her birth certificate,” the Republican tweeted Wednesday. “I’m proud to have championed this effort in Georgia.”

Conservative advocacy group Frontline Policy Council also praised the GHSA’s new policy, hailing it as a victory for science and sports fairness.

“GHSA’s action today recognizes science, reflects reality and restores fairness,” Frontline Policy Council president Cole Muzio said.

“Biological males should not and WILL NOT be playing girls sports in Georgia!” the group said in a Facebook post.

At least 15 states with Republican-dominated legislatures have enacted laws in recent years to preserve sex-specific sports and prohibit males from competing against females.

But despite controlling the Georgia statehouse, GOP lawmakers failed to pass a similar outright ban in Georgia due to pushback from pro-LGBT Republican colleagues. Longtime Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, in particular, blocked putting a ban into state law, according to the Associated Press.

Ralston told reporters he “didn’t want transgender children ‘targeted,’ and planned to tell GHSA as much,” the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

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