WASHINGTON—Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, marks National Girls & Women in Sports Day.
Over the past days and weeks, I’ve been heartened to see athletes from across sports, age groups, and geographical locations step up to show support for both trans athletes in general as well as the individuals in their own lives whom they call teammates and friends. Trans athletes deserve support, respect, and equality, and we won’t give up the fight to protect them.”
National Girls and Women in Sports Day, celebrated during the first week in February since its inception in 1987, recognizes women’s contributions to sports and society. As we mark this day, HRC recognizes the many athletes who have stepped up and defended the right of transgender girls and women to participate in sports - athletes like Stanford swimmer Brooke Forde and soccer phenom Megan Rapinoe, among many others.
In the pursuit of greater accuracy and respect, HRC offers guidelines for journalists and others who report on transgender people. For more information about HRC’s transgender justice work, visit hrc.org/transgender.
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