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State education officials: Gender identity determines team for Connecticut athletes

HARTFORD — Education officials say Connecticut transgender students not only can use the bathroom of their choice, but also play on sports teams that match thei...
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HARTFORD — Education officials say Connecticut transgender students not only can use the bathroom of their choice, but also play on sports teams that match their gender identity.

Vincent Mustaro, head of policy for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, says new recommendations on transgender student rights from the Obama administration are nothing new in this state.

The state association in 2013 began recommending schools adopt a policy that students “shall have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity consistently asserted at school.”

Karissa Niehoff, the executive director of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, says it began allowing transgender students on the athletic teams that match their identity in 2013.

She says there have been three cases — all females transitioning to males — with no complaints.