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Transsexual People and Sport

Transsexual People and Sport

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Published by Carolyn Samuels
Guidelines for Sporting Bodies about Transsexuals
Guidelines for Sporting Bodies about Transsexuals

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Published by: Carolyn Samuels on Jan 10, 2010
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Department for Culture,Media and Sport
Sports Division
Transsexual people and sport
Guidance for sporting bodies
Transsexual people and sport:Guidance forsporting bodies
Transsexual people
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.
This guidance
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.
Transsexual people and sport3
5.The guidance seeks to make individuals and governing bodiesaware ofthe legal framework with regard to transsexualpeople and to provide some practical suggestions on bestpractice in this area. The guidance covers access to facilities,participation in sports by transsexual people and the issues of drug testing and gender verification.6.Sports organisations will be given an overview oftheirresponsibilities under the law and non-statutory ways in whichthey can ensure transsexual people have access to opportunitiesin sport.
Why publish guidance?
7.Sporting bodies have been dealing with transsexual people for anumber ofyears, usually with no cause for difficulty or conflict.Until recently there has been an absence oflegal frameworkwhich has meant that organisations ofall kinds haveapproached the particular needs oftranssexual people on acase by case basis.8.There are varying opinions about the causes oftranssexualismand how best to deal with it. Increasingly, however, theGovernment and the courts have taken the view thatcontroversy over the nature oftranssexualism should nolonger stand in the way oftranssexual people enjoying theirhuman rights, as others do. This extends far beyond sport andinto such fundamental issues as the right to marry and theright to privacy.9.Recognition that transsexual people should be afforded someprotection by the law has led to the legal provisions on sex
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