I was surfing the web this evening and came across the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s policy for Trans* kids’ participation in Sports. It was made in 2008, was the first (and to the best of my knowledge, still the only) state to have such a policy for K-12 student athletes.
Further googling lead me to find this NCAA publication on the inclusion for Trans* Student Athletes, It’s less of a policy and more of a suggestion, but it makes for good reading.
"The benefits of school sports participation include many positive effects on physical, social, and emotional well-being. All students, including those who are transgender, deserve access to these benefits.”
These documents make me so happy because 1) I firmly agree with the statement above. I think sports and being apart of a team are incredibly beneficial to young people. Feeling totally accepted by your teammates is wonderful. 2) Sports is a fantastic tool for making social change. Sports helped with integration, empowering women, empowering disabled people, fighting homophobia and soon trans*phobia because they judge individuals by what they do, rather than their race/religion/gender/sexual orientation/etc.
Maybe I’m biased because I’ve been an athlete my whole life, but I think everyone should have the opportunity to compete if they want to. I just wanted to fangirl and share this with tumblr.
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