Including Transitioning and Transitioned Athletes in Sport: Issues, Facts and Perspectives

The purpose of this discussion paper is to promote respectful dialogue, consultation and action concerning the participation of transitioning and transitioned athletes in sport. As is evident in this paper, it is not possible or useful to view this complex topic through a lens that separates societal and sport performance expectations. Thus the paper aims to create a shared understanding of human biological and psychological diversity by exploring the continuum between the traditional models of what defines male and female identity, a subject that has been shrouded by a profound lack of knowledge and invalid assumptions. The content of the paper is based on two exhaustive reviews of the scientific and social science literature, completed in 2008.

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