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George B. Cunningham, Risa Isard, and E. Nicole Melton

competitions, an advantage of performance linked to this male hormone and whether trans athletes are systematically winning all competitions. The answer to this latter question, are trans athletes winning everything, is simple—that’s not the case. (as cited in Ermyas & Wakeam, 2021 , para. 8) Thus, efforts to

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Tamar Z. Semerjian and Jodi H. Cohen

Viviane K. Namaste (2000) argues that trans-individuals have been culturally erased and rendered invisible. She contends that academics should begin to explore the realities of transgender individuals’ lives. Transgender identified athletes have begun to garner more media attention in recent years, particularly with the 2004 International Olympic Committee’s ruling allowing transgender athletes to participate in the Olympics. Despite this increasing media attention, there is a considerable lack of academic work focusing on the experiences of transgender athletes, as well as a paucity of any serious theoretical consideration of these experiences. The purpose of this paper is to present trans athletes’ narratives of their sport participation, with attention to how gender identity and performance was or was not a part of this participation. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with four trans identified athletes. The narratives of these athletes portray a way of thinking about gender as a category that is transmutable, unstable, and constantly written and rewritten through embodied performances. Queer theory will serve as the theoretical perspective used to analyze these narratives.

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Carl Foster

: transgender athletes and COVID convalescent plasma. Apparently, Mike’s stance on these issues was not in line with the official stance at Mayo. The New York Times interview was about Mike’s work on testosterone and transgender athletes, demonstrating the advantage that trans athletes will have if they

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Lindsay Parks Pieper

maintaining the gender status quo in sport without assessing the actions, appearances, or performances of her cis opponents. As perhaps the most illustrative example of the cissexist double standard in my work, I denounced Richards’s later-in-life stance against trans athlete inclusion yet failed to

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Renate M. Leithäuser and Ralph Beneke

transgender swimmer Lia Thomas: ‘I can’t support this.’ New York Post . December 24 , 2021 . 2. Cooke N . Trans athletes must compete in a separate category—or countless young women’s sporting dreams will be smashed

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Anna Kavoura, Alex Channon, and Marja Kokkonen

in sport, highlighting both the exclusionary power of the naturalized, binary gender order as well as the potential for trans athletes to visibly challenge this normative structure when they are able to participate ( Caudwell, 2007 , 2014 ; Fischer & McClearen, 2020 ; Lucas-Carr & Krane, 2012

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Valerie W. Herzog and Alysia Cohen

population size in the united states: a meta-regression of population-based probability samples . Am J Public Health . 2017 ; 107 ( 2 ): e1 – e8 . doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303578 28075632 3. American Civil Liberties Union . Four myths about trans athletes, debunked . 2020.

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Emma J. Kavanagh, Chelsea Litchfield, and Jaquelyn Osborne

platforms and GBV against trans∗ which the authors refer to as GBV-T∗. In line with a dominant online narrative which is polarizing on the topic of gender diversity and sport, this study demonstrated a lack of readiness to accept transathletes and concerns for the safety of transathletes in sporting

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Emily Carol Stets

-trans laws, lawmakers continue to cite flawed testosterone studies and, when pressed about cisgender girls and women losing opportunities in sports, “sponsors cannot cite a single instance in their own state or region where [trans athlete participation] caused such problems” ( Crary & Whitehurst, 2021 , para