A new report on transgender athletes titled “On the Team: Equal Opportunities for Transgender Student Athletes” is the first ever to thoroughly address the complete integration of transgender student athletes within high school and collegiate athletic programs. The report is also the first to provide comprehensive model policies and a framework for athletic leaders to ensure equal access to school athletics for transgender students.
This groundbreaking report is sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and It Takes A Team!, an Initiative of the Women’s Sports Foundation, is urging high school and college athletic associations across the country to adopt standard policies to provide transgender student athletes fair and equal opportunity to participate on athletic teams.
The report provides:
· Model policies—created by leading athletic, legal, and medical experts—for including transgender students in both high school and college athletics that ensure the safety, privacy, and dignity of all student athletes.
· Specific best practice recommendations for athletic administrators, coaches, student athletes, parents, and the media.
· A thorough analysis of issues related to providing equal opportunities for transgender student athletes.
· An in-depth list of local and national resources to help address transgender issues in athletics.
· Definitions of key terms, as well as information about the legal rights of transgender people in the United States.
The report is authored by Pat Griffin, former director of It Takes A Team!, and Helen Carroll, NCLR Sports Project Director. Content of this blog was taken from the NCLR press release for the report.
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