Supporting LGBTIQ communities in sport
Making your sport inclusive for trans and gender diverse people
Sport is an important part of life for many people. It can help us to engage, pursue and develop our talents, and has significant health benefits. However, discrimination can impact on how people enjoy sport or even exclude them.
This quick reference guide helps you get it right and make your sport more inclusive for trans and gender diverse people. If you’d like more information about this topic or your legal obligations, you can refer to the full version of this guide, Guideline: Trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport, or contact the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
What do we mean by ‘trans and gender diverse’?
Gender identity is someone’s internal sense of self and how they identify, understand or perceive their gender. Gender is different from sex, which is someone’s biological sex traits. Sex is recorded on the basis of anatomical, chromosomal and hormonal characteristics, and sex is far more varied than just ‘female’ and ‘male’.
A trans (short for transgender) person is someone whose gender identity does not exclusively aligned with their sex as recorded at birth. Some trans people are female, some are male, some are non-binary (outside the female/male binary), and some are agender (don’t identify with any gender). Gender diverse refers to the wide range of gender identities.
A cis (short for cisgender) person is someone whose gender identity does exclusively align with their sex as recorded at birth – someone who isn’t trans.
So when we say trans and gender diverse people, we mean people who aren’t cis.
These are just some commonly used terms and language used to describe gender identity shifts over time. Terms can even differ between cultures and generations, so it’s always best to ask someone what terms are appropriate for them.
Where do I start?
If someone in your club is undergoing transition/affirmation or a new trans or gender diverse person is entering your club, don’t panic!
The most important thing is to treat them like you would anyone else, regardless of whether they’re cis or trans. A trans man is a man, a trans woman is a woman and a non-binary or agender person is a person.
The best thing you can do is put the person first and make sure that whatever you do enables them to participate at your club.
Where to get help
The Victorian Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission has developed a range of resources to support the inclusion of trans and gender diverse communities in sport.
Click here for more information