Apr 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

NCAA "unequivocally" supports trans students competing in sports

Illustration of a transgender symbol with a soccer ball, tennis ball, basketball, and baseball cycling through the circle in the middle.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The NCAA "unequivocally" supports transgender students competing in college sports, the association said in a Monday statement.

Why it matters: NCAA's Board of Governors is monitoring the situation as over 40 states consider bills to ban trans students from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity.

  • The NCAA said that it will only hold championships in areas "free of discrimination" and the association "will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful of all participants."

Details: NCAA's policies on transgender athletes allows trans women to compete in women's sports after undergoing a year of testosterone suppression treatment. Trans men who are taking testosterone can compete in men's sports.

What they're saying: “State lawmakers around the country should pay attention: discriminating against transgender students is wrong, against the law, and costly," Chase Strangio, ACLU deputy director for transgender justice, said in response to the NCAA's statement.

  • "If you continue to pass these misguided laws state taxpayers risk not only costly litigation but the loss of revenue from these tournaments."
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