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Trans and Nonbinary Interscholastic Athletic Inclusion Policies

*Last Updated January 2024

ABOUT THIS MAP
GLSEN advocates for policies that ensure that transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students have equal opportunity to participate in all K-12 school sports in a way that aligns with their gender identity. This map examines state policies impacting equal opportunity to participate in school sports consistent with gender identity with a focus on high school interscholastic athletic participation.

Fourteen (14) states and Washington, D.C. have policies and/or guidance affirming equal opportunity to participate in all K-12 school sports consistent with gender identity, thereby facilitating full inclusion in interscholastic athletics.

Two (2) states and five (5) territories have not adopted policies or issued guidance on participation consistent with gender identity in K-12 interscholastic athletics. As such, the participation of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students in interscholastic athletics is left to individual districts, schools, or administrators who may use inclusive criteria, exclusionary criteria, or fully prohibit participation consistent with gender identity.

Ten (10) states have adopted policies or issued guidance on school sports participation consistent with gender identity that impose restrictions on the participation of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students in high school or secondary school interscholastic athletics.

Twenty-four (24) states have enacted discriminatory legislation categorically banning participation in high school or secondary school sports consistent with gender identity. These laws are currently being challenged in a number of law suits. See Movement Advancement Project (MAP) for further details, including regarding legal challenges that have paused implementation of a discriminatory laws barring equal opportunity to school sports consistent with gender identity.

Source: Analysis of state policy data by GLSEN, supported by state policy data collected and analyzed by TransAthlete.com and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) . GLSEN continues to assess and categorize states on this map based on updates to state laws and regulations. If you see a state on this map that needs an update, please email policy@glsen.org.

GLSEN partnered with TransAthlete.com on the collection of data on state interscholastic athletic association policies on transgender and nonbinary athletic inclusion. Findings and recommendations are available in our issue brief: Gender Affirming and Inclusive Athletics Participation.