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The decision by World Rugby to ban trans players from participating in women’s events is another setback for transgender athletes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

World Rugby’s ban on trans players has nothing to do with so-called ‘fairness’

If "fairness" is why trans players have been banned by World Rugby, then sport bodies need to realize many athletes have an unfair advantage because of issues like class and cultural backgrounds.
A transgender pride flag at a protest against white supremacy and discrimination after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Michael Moloney/Shutterstock

Elite sport is becoming a platform to target the trans community

High-profile athletes have been speaking out against the eligibility of transgender women in elite female sporting competitions.
South Africa’s runner Caster Semenya, the current 800-meter Olympic gold and world champion, arrives with her lawyer Gregory Nott (right) for hearings at the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. EPA/Laurent Gillieron

Sex and sport: how to create a level playing field

The International Association of Athletics Federations wants athletes who have differences of sexual development to medically reduce their testosterone levels. But this may be in breach of human rights.
Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey was deemed ineligible for last year’s AFLW draft under new regulations. David Crosling/AAP

The AFL’s gender diversity policy remains an apprehensive work in progress

The league's new policy for transgender footballers is contradictory and places an unfair burden on athletes to track testosterone levels and performance results over a two-year period.
Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old transgender boy, made national headlines when he won the Texas state wrestling title in the girls’ division. AP Photo

Better locker rooms: It’s not just a transgender thing

While various legal battles continue over the rights of transgender athletes, one thing is clear: Inclusive, privacy-centric locker rooms are a solution that benefits everyone.

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