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New inclusion guide for transgenders

Australia set out a guide yesterday to make sport more inclusive for transgender and gender-diverse people to change attitudes and limit discrimination.

The move, which follows widespread consultations, details how sports organizations can create more welcoming environments. Australia’s move comes as debate rages globally about whether transgender athletes or those with differences of sex development have an unfair competitive advantage to others.

The guidelines cover everything from victimization, leadership and codes of conduct, to suitable facilities, privacy and the collection of personal information.

They are designed for boards, coaches, and other officials, while suggesting organizations encourage high-profile players to champion the initiative.

“Research tells us gender-diverse people, particularly young people, want to engage more in sport but often face or fear peer rejection,” said Sport Australia chief Kate Palmer. “Let’s ensure sport is a welcoming place that helps. Let sport be an example for broader society, showing how we can influence community connections and a better future.”

The guidelines were developed by Sport Australia in consultation with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports, whose members include Tennis Australia, Rugby Australia and Cricket Australia.


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