Transgender Inclusion

Best Practice

Research on the experiences of transgender students in physical education and athletics attest to the need for more inclusive policies and practices. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national organization dedicated to creating safe and inclusive K-12 schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students, conducts a biannual national survey on the experiences of LGBT students in schools. The results of the latest survey indicate that LGBT students perceive locker rooms, gymnasiums, playing fields and other physical education and athletic spaces to be among the least safe places in school where they are at a greater risk of name-calling, bullying or physical threats and violence (GLSEN). Outlined below are best practices for transgender-student inclusion in school physical education and athletic programs.

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