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Introduction: Situating gender diversity and sport
The number of people identifying as transgender and non-binary is rapidly increasing worldwide. With this rising visibility is increasing societal pressure for the equal acceptance of gender diverse people. While gains have been made in many areas, the participation of intersex, trans and non-binary people in sport remains harshly contested. Sport is one of the most influential, powerful and visible institutions upholding the gender binary. As such, it has been impermeable to diverse gender identities. However, this book explores evidence that the rules, regulations, and social practices that surround sport and physical activity participation – from elite sport to sport in schools, universities, and society at large – are grounded in heteronormative, cisgendered, and sexist practices which unfairly discriminate against gender diverse people. Bringing together an interdisciplinary team of scholars from the UK, USA, and Australia, this book present cutting-edge research that explores the complexities of barriers to inclusive access to sport and physical activity and discusses how sport, and society, can move forward.
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