NCAA says it ‘unequivocally’ supports transgender student-athletes

Amid a wave of bills seeking to exclude transgender athletes from sports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association issued a statement reaffirming its support for transgender student-athletes competing on teams that align with their gender identity.

“The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports,” the organization said.

“Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport,” the NCAA continued. “Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect.”

States that pass anti-transgender bills may not be suitable locations for major NCAA events, the organization suggested.

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