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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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.

Athletes and Drug Use

Taking any illegal or banned substance which alters the normal functioning of the mind or body for the purpose of enhancing athletic performance is a decision to cheat, endanger one's health and encourages others to cheat.

Negative Recruiting/Slander Based on Sexuality

Negative recruiting tactics are increasingly being used as an unethical recruitment strategy within women's collegiate sports, essentially attempting to give their own programs an un-fair advantage based on perpetuating stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions.

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