Position Statement: Trans Inclusion in Sport

Canadian Women & Sport is dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders. Since more and more Canadian children, youth and adults are choosing to live their lives in the gender that is more congruent to their sense of self, rather than their assigned sex, Canadian Women & Sport wishes to affirm its position with respect to the participation of girls and women in sport who are transgender,  two-spirit, gender-fluid, and gender non-binary.  

Over the years, Canadian Women & Sport has consistently led the call for the removal of gender policing in women’s sports (which is often premised on the need to “protect” women’s sports), most notably at the international level where it has been much more prevalent. As part of its mandate to create safer and more welcoming environments for women in sport, Canadian Women & Sport has also been a leader in working within the sport system to create a more inclusive environment for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited,  queer or questioning through its Leading the Way LGBTQ sport inclusion initiative.

By virtue of its vision and mission, Canadian Women & Sport is committed to inclusion as a core principle of sport. While the organization’s immediate focus is on inclusion of girls and women, it supports this principle broadly as it applies to all marginalized groups.