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Trans and Nonbinary Athletic Inclusion Policies

*Last Updated May 17, 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.

Fifteen 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: California (guidance, CIF policy), Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts (guidance, MIAA policy), Minnesota (guidance, MSHSL policy), Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

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.

Alaska’s Department of Education and Early Development adopted a regulation categorically banning participation consistent with gender identity.

Twenty-four (24) states have enacted discriminatory laws categorically banning participation in high school or secondary school sports consistent with gender identity. Several lawsuits are currently challenging these laws. See Movement Advancement Project (MAP) for further details, including regarding legal challenges that have paused implementation.

Source: Analysis of state policy data by GLSEN, supported by state policy data collected and analyzed by TransAthlete.com and 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 initial 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.