The discourse inside and outside of sport in Australia and abroad on the participation of transgender women in female sport focuses on the principles of fairness, equity and the safety of competitors. These concerns commonly materialise (with little evidence) labelling transgender women as ‘cheats’, dominating female sport, strategically being coached in collision sports to intentionally hurt opponents or fraudulently transitioning with the sole aim of competing in elite women’s sport. Our research examines the process by which the Australian Football League (AFL) grappled with these competing narratives in developing a policy to permit the participation of transgender and gender diverse athletes in community and ‘elite’ competitions. It will be argued that the initial AFL process lacked consideration of the human rights of transgender women and did not provide the necessary resources required to ensure a safe and inclusive process for transgender women to engage with the AFLW competition. This article will also identify lessons which other sport governing organisations should heed in developing and implementing policies for the inclusion of transgender women in sport.
|Number of pages
|Sport, Ethics and Philosophy
|Published - 6 Dec 2023
|Gender Equity in the Australian Football League: The Challenge for Hannah Mouncey, Dr Catherine Ordway, Dr Matt Nichol & Damien Parry, SAGE Sport and Gender Equity, Griffith University
- Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 8 Jul 2021 → 8 Jul 2021