Fostering Inclusive Environments for Middle School Transgender Student Athletes

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2023-09
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Maksymetz, Andrew
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This capstone paper considers the barriers that middle school transgender student athletes face in their desire to compete in scholastic athletic programs. Many transgender students are barred from playing on teams that they feel reflect their gender identity. Instead, they must play on teams that reflect their biological sex at birth or remove themselves from participation altogether. This capstone draws on current research to identify the barriers to inclusive participation for transgender student athletes, which fall into three categories: physical, administrative, and cultural. Each category considers how current practices often discourage or obstruct safe and fulfilling athletic participation for transgender students. Finally, this paper offers recommendations to assist school stakeholders in working toward more inclusive practices that may encourage transgender student athletes to participate in school-based athletic programs.
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transgender , 2SLGBTQ+ , gender , identity , sports
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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States , openAccess
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