Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Student Athletes

Mar 07, 2023 9:00AM—11:00AM



Cost $325 members; $275 group-rate 3+; $500 non-members

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Even 50 years after the passage of Title IX, it is clear that there is ample room for improvement in ensuring the equitable inclusion and upport of trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming athletes in the US.  Ten percent of students reported that school staff or coaches prevented or discouraged them from playing sports because of their LGBTQ+ identity (GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, 2019). Meanwhile, only 3% of NCAA Division-I athletes compete in a program that fully protects their LGBTQ+ identities Athlete Ally (2019). Finally, between January 1, 2022 and March 15, 2022, a record-high of 238 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were filed across the US (NBC News, 2022).  Of those 238 bills, 154 of them (about 65%) were specifically anti-trans bills. These bills sought to remove rights and policies in areas such as gender-inclusive healthcare, gender-inclusive education, and protections for trans and non-binary athletes.

In this interactive, engaging, conversational, and very informative workshop, we will examine the current state of athletics and the policies that affect trans and non-binary athletes, review gender identities and inclusive language, and brainstorm ways to make athletic programs and institutions more equitable for all genders. This workshop will discuss athletes of all ages and in various athletic settings. Time will also be set aside during the workshop to reflect on our own positionalities and actions and to address any site-specific issues or questions that educators need support with.


Participants will:

  • Explore the inequities that trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming athletes of all ages face in recreational sports, collegiate sports, professional sports, etc.
  • Understand what changes must be made and the effect of these inequities on student athletes’ academic success, athletic performance, mental health, likelihood to continue to compete in sports, and their overall wellbeing.
  • Practice using gender-neutral and inclusive language.
  • Re-think certain activities, events, or policies that might be perpetuating anti-trans norms, and develop more inclusive policies, coaching practices, etc.


Coaches, PE teachers, athletic directors, administrators, counselors, athletic trainers and medical staff, after-school teachers, and anyone else who works with students/athletes of all ages.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!



Mavi Pilloton (they/them) is the Training Institute Manager at The Spahr Center, a recent graduate of San Francisco State University’s Master’s in Education, Equity, and Social Justice program, and a basketball coach at Marin Academy. They grew up in and continue to live in Marin County, and they have over eight years of experience working in Marin schools. Mavi identifies as queer, non-binary, and multiracial.

Cancellation Policy

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