Participation of Transgender Athletes: The Foundation Position

 

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The Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and Title IX’s prohibitions against sex discrimination have both been interpreted by state and federal courts to encompass discrimination based on gender stereotyping, including discrimination against individuals because of their gender identity or expression (i.e. transgender athletes). Therefore, schools may face legal liability if they deny access to such student-athletes, even if no law explicitly addresses the issue.

Participation of Transgender Athletes in Women's Sports: The Foundation Position (PDF 623k)

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By Women's Sports Foundation

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Race and Sport

Sports participation is critical for a female of color just as it is for all females. Opportunities for female athletes of color have grown exponentially since the passage of Title IX.

Expanding Opportunities Without Eliminating Men's Sports

When an institution eliminates a men's team in the name of Title IX, such action usually results in the development of destructive acrimony, pitting the men's non-revenue sports against women's sports.

Participation of Transgender Athletes

Prohibitions against sex discrimination have been interpreted by state and federal courts to encompass discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

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