#TransgenderDayOfVisibility is honored annually on March 31st as a day to bring awareness and education to fight against anti-trans discrimination and to honor our transgender friends in the community. All of us here at Compete Sports Diversity honor our transgender friends and athletes but visibility is about so much more. We’ve covered quite a few stories about transgender athletes and transgender sports this past year, a lot has been happening in sports. Check out some of the biggest stories we’ve covered…
- International Olympic Committee Is Investing in Research for Transgender Athletes
- Banning Trans Girls From School Sports Is Neither Feminist Nor Legal
- LGBTI Sports Organizations Speak Out Against Sharron Davies, Martina Navratilova, Sam Newman and Other Athletes’ Anti-Trans Athletes Claims
- 2019 Canada Winter Games Adopts Gender Inclusive Policy
- USA Hockey Adopts New Trans-Inclusive Policy
- USA Powerlifting Announces Blanket Ban Policy on Transgender Athletes
- Minnesota Jury Sets Precedent in Ruling Against Transgender Discrimination in Sports
- The OUT Foundation, Announces ‘Don’t Be An A**hole, Transgender Education Tour’ to Promote and Encourage LGBTQ Inclusion and Acceptance in Crossfit and General Fitness
- UCI Masters Track World Champion and Transgender Woman, Rachel McKinnon, Reflects on Accomplishment and Advocates for Better Education of Transgender Athletes in Sports
- Indian Trans Bodybuilder Grabs 2nd Place and Leads the Way Toward Inclusive Gender Categories for Trans Men
- Transgender Boxer, Pat Manuel, Wins First Fight in Professional Debut
- University Minnesota Lifeguard Leads the Way in Transgender and Non-Binary Inclusive Swimming
- Professional and Transgender Cyclist Jillian Bearden Signs On With Specialized Bicycles
- Crossfit Finally Clears Hurdles and Allows Transgender Athletes at Crossfit Games
- NBA Guard Reggie Bullock Advocates for Transgender Community
There’s a lot each of us as an individual can do to fight discrimination of transgender people.
- Be supportive. Openly Trans, USA National Team athlete Chris Mosier suggests sharing positive messages, highlight videos and stories of your favorite trans-athlete or person. Recognize their accomplishments and share their story, (with their consent of course.)
- If you are unsure over a person’s preferred pronouns, just ask! Be respectful and use their preferred pronouns when referring to them. If you make a mistake (we all do) then apologize and correct yourself.
- Fight against discrimination. Remember, hate only promotes hate. You can’t fight hate with more hate, but if you see or hear anti-trans behavior, language, actions, discrimination or violence, you can stand up to it and take action. Be especially mindful of transgender women and people of color who statistically are at an increased risk of violence.
- Educate yourself. The best way us allies can best learn how to support our transgender friends is to learn more about them. Take the time to get to know transgender people in your community, get involved with community programs/ causes to make friends and don’t be afraid to ask, “what can I do to help?”
Keep your eyes open, because the next 5 years in sports will be defined by the rise of trans athletes across all sports and potentially at the Olympic Games.
By Dirk Smith