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Posted by Luca Maurer at 5:38PM

Two big steps in the world of sport happened recently - the publication of the On The Team: Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student Athletes, and news stories about Kye Allums, the first out transgender person to play NCAA Division I basketball, at George Washington University.  Allums joins a very short list of out transgender college athletes which also includes hammer thrower Keelin Godsey of Bates College.

On the Team, by Dr. Pat Griffin, Former Director of the It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Sport, Women’s Sports Foundation and Helen J. Carroll, Sports Project Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights, provides information and resources on this important topic, and precisely at a time when the issue is gaining more widespread media attention.  The report provides guidance to high school and collegiate athletic programs about ensuring transgender student athletes fair, respectful, and legal access to school sports teams.  Short stories and quotes of student athletes, coaches, and other professionals throughout the report highlight the important of sport in the lives of all students, as well as some of the unequal terrain transgender students must traverse as they seek full inclusion on the playing field.

Discussions about the unique challenges and opportunities facing sexual minority and gender minority student athletes were also a highlight of the Sport, Sexuality and Culture conference held on our campus in 2009.  Undergraduate and graduate students played an active role in the conference as presenters, session leaders, and guest hosts.  The conference featured the work of over 125 scholars from Brazil, Canada, England, Japan, Korea, and the United States; and included presentations and panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Legal issues: sex and sexual orientation discrimination
  • Sport, media, sexuality, and culture
  • Gender, race, sexuality, and culture
  • Research trends and issues
  • Replacing homophobia/transphobia with humanism in sport settings

For more information about LGBT people and themes in sports, contact the LGBT Center or the Association of Gay and Straight Student Athletes, an IC student organization. Additional resources and information are also available from the blog post Out of the Closet and Onto the Team: LGBT Student-Athletes.

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