Including Transgender Athletes in Sports

The topic of transgender athletes in sports has become a focal point of "debates" across the globe, but much of the information that is shared is from sources that are not credible and cites sources that are not experts in sports, science, or the trans experience. Below is a list of articles to explore to expand your understanding of transgender people in sport.

THE TRUTH ABOUT TRANS ATHLETES AND PERFORMANCE

Annie Hayes, Men’s Health, 2019

Transgender athletes and doctors discuss myths and explain scientific facts about hormones, physiology, and athletic performance.

FOUR MYTHS ABOUT TRANS ATHLETES DEBUNKED

Chase Strangio & Gabriel Arkles, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2020

Experts including doctors, academics, and sports psychologists provide evidence that:

1) inclusion of trans athletes benefits everyone
2) trans athletes do not have an unfair advantage in sports
3) trans girls are girls

4) transgender student-athletes belong on the same teams as other student-athletes

FAIR PLAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORTS PARTICIPATION FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH

Center for American Progress, 2021

In recent years, opponents of LGBTQ equality have zeroed in on the participation of transgender youth in sports as part of their assault on the equal rights of transgender people. Transgender student-athletes are driven to play sports for the same reasons as all athletes, yet in many states, they are denied the opportunity to do so or can do so only after overcoming numerous invasive and stigmatizing hurdles.