Transsexual people and sport:Guidance forsporting bodies
1.Transsexual people have the deep conviction that the gender towhich they were assigned at birth on the basis oftheir physicalanatomy (referred to as their “birth gender”) is incorrect. Thatconviction will often lead them to take steps to presentthemselves to the world in the opposite gender. Often,transsexual people will undergo hormonal or surgical treatmentto bring their physical identity into line with their preferredgender identity (referred to in this guidance as their “acquiredgender”).2.Transsexualism is not the same as cross-dressing for sexualthrill, psychological comfort or compulsion. It is not the sameas being sexually attracted towards people ofthe same sex.3.Many transsexual people will wish to keep their conditionprivate, and this must be respected. Others may be willing todiscuss their transsexualism confidentially or in the open. Thisis a matter for them. In any event, transsexual people should betreated as members oftheir acquired gender.
4.The purpose ofthis guidance is to assist those involved inrunning or administering organised and competitive sport inthe United Kingdom to deal with the very special set of circumstances that transsexual people present.
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