The Bottom Line
Young people learn many important life lessons in sports: leadership, confidence, self-respect, self-discipline, what it means to be part of a team, and much more. Sports and athletics are an important part of education—something no child should be denied simply because of who they are.
Anti-LGBTQ opponents have been introducing legislation seeking to ban transgender youth from participating in K-12 school sports. They have also argued that LGBTQ people should be denied nondiscrimination protections at the federal and state levels because these protections would allow transgender youth to participate in sports.
This guide provides approaches for elevating conversations about sports participation, addressing unfamiliarity and concerns, and showing why banning kids from the educational benefits of athletics is harmful both to transgender youth and to all young people.
Talking About Transgender Youth Participation in SportsDownload
Movement Advancement Project. February 2021. "Talking About Transgender Youth Participation in Sports." MAP's Talking About LGBT Issues