Gender and Sexual Identity in Girls’ Sports
Girls in the Lead hosted a webinar on Gender and Sexual Identity in Girls’ Sports on January 28th.
The event gathered practitioners across the world with a shared goal of learning about gender and sexual identity within youth girls’ sports.
Our five guest speakers shared their work on building more inclusive spaces in sport. These speakers included:
Pia Mann – Discover Football
Itong Ehrke – Seitenwechsel
Tony Gubesa – Grassroot Soccer
Aya Noguchi – Sport for Creating Pathways Japan
Alison Carney – Research Consultant
Watch a recording of the event below. The event slides can be downloaded here.
Normative views on gender and sexual identity still largely affect inclusivity in sports. Binary practices can result in excluding girls, transgender, queer and intersex people from equal access to practicing sports.
It is crucial to not only address different social and cultural challenges in sports in relation to gender and sexual identity, but also raise questions of difference and exclusion from a larger perspective within societies.
The event raised a lively discussion on steps to take towards inclusivity in sports. From education to families and schools, influencing policies and engaging governmental actors are needed to support safe spaces for girls, women, and LGBTIQ* youth.
To build inclusive spaces is an ongoing process of change we build together. We can make more spaces visible in sports by placing practices that are aligned with our shared values and goals towards an inclusive future.
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