FHSAA exploring policy on transgender athletes
This isn’t the most important topic on the FHSAA board of directors’ agenda for its meeting next week, but it caught my eye.
The association is considering a policy for transgender athletes. It shouldn’t be a surprise, because the thorny issue is becoming a major topic of discussion and litigation.
And let’s pause to note that this is only a draft up for consideration, not a new policy set in stone yet.
That said, the proposal (scroll down to Item H) wants to make sure all eligible students can play in a manner “consistent with their gender identity and expression, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s birth certificate and/or records.”
The draft outlines this process for a review, if a student’s listed gender is different than his/her identity and expression:
The student’s family contacts the school before the start of the sport season. The family must have documentation, including written verification from a medical professional.
The school contacts the FHSAA, which would assign someone to help resolve the issue.
A committee – made up of athletic officials and medical professionals – would review the case.
Another review could take place after that, if the student appeals again.