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Transsexual people and sport: Guidance for sporting bodies.

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Transsexual people have the deep conviction that the gender to which they were assigned at birth on the basis of their physical anatomy (referred to as their “birth gender”) is incorrect. That conviction will often lead them to take steps to present themselves to the world in the opposite gender. Often, transsexual people will undergo hormonal or surgical treatment to bring their physical identity into line with their preferred gender identity  referred to in this guidance as their “acquired gender”).

Transsexualism is not the same as cross-dressing for sexual thrill, psychological comfort or compulsion. It is not the same as being sexually attracted towards people of the same sex.

Many transsexual people will wish to keep their condition private, and this must be respected. Others may be willing to discuss their transsexualism confidentially or in the open. This is a matter for them. In any event, transsexual people should be treated as members of their acquired gender.

Sporting bodies have been dealing with transsexual people for a number of years, usually with no cause for difficulty or conflict. Until recently there has been an absence of legal framework which has meant that organisations of all kinds have approached the particular needs of transsexual people on a case by case basis.

The extension of legal rights to transsexual people means that everyone has a responsibility to uphold those rights. A better understanding of the challenges facing transsexual people has developed along with the legal framework. It is therefore timely to publish guidance about how best to respond to those
challenges in areas such as sport.



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Editor's comments - [  The guidance seeks to make individuals and governing bodies aware of the legal framework with regard to transsexual people and to provide some practical suggestions on best practice in this area. The guidance covers access to facilities, participation in sports by transsexual people and the issues of
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