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Moment #77: First Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student-Athletes think tank

Part of Outsports’ series on our 100 most important moments in gay sports history.

Various sports, 2009. Before Kye Allums came out, NCLR's Helen Carroll and It Takes A Team's Pat Griffin were already planning for it. In October 2009 they organized the first-ever Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student-Athletes think tank to get ahead of what they saw as a growing population of trans athletes. The think tank pulled from across the trans community and sports world: Former Bates college track & field standout Keelin Godsey (pictured, right); Mount Holyoke athletic director Laurie Priest; Gender Spectrum executive director Stephanie Brill; NCAA diversity VP Charlotte Westerhaus; and two dozen other experts in the area, including Carroll and Griffin.

The result was a groundbreaking 55-page report, "On the Team: Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student Athletes." The report included three main components:

  • An overview of the issues facing trans student-athletes
  • Policy recommendations for including trans student-athletes
  • Best practices recommendations for implementing those policies

The think tank and resulting report have become the definitive resource for administrators, schools, conferences and government entities in high school and college looking to develop inclusive policies for trans athletes.

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