NCAA says it ‘firmly and unequivocally’ supports transgender student athletes

As dozens of states start enacting anti-trans legislation, the NCAA released a statement making their stance on transgender student athletes clear

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- In a statement released on Monday, the NCAA made it clear that they “firmly and unequivocally” support transgender student-athletes receiving the opportunity to compete in college sports.

“Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport,” the NCAA’s Board of Governors said in their statement.

According to the board, the NCAA has a long-standing policy “that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in college sports.”

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“Our approach — which requires testosterone suppression treatment for transgender women to compete in women’s sports — embraces the evolving science on this issue and is anchored in participation policies of both the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee,” the statement said.

This statement comes as dozens of states across the country are considering measures to prevent transgender women and girls from participating in women’s sports and other anti-trans legislation.

This year South Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee have enacted sports bans. Arkansas also passed a law that prohibits doctors from administering gender-affirming treatments to trans patients under 18 years of age.

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The National Center for Transgender Equality was pleased with the NCAA’s statement.

“Every child deserves the love and support of the family and community. Dangerous proposals around the country are putting transgender young people at risk. The harm is real and is felt very personally by transgender kids just trying to live their lives as who they really are,” said Deputy Executive Director Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen in a statement. “The NCAA is making it clear that their Board of Governors supports transgender athletes, and the board should hold those states passing these harmful laws accountable.”

In its statement, the Board of Governors also said that championships should only be held in locations where “hosts can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination.”

“We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them,” the board statement said.

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