Sports: Gender Recognition

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd June 2021.

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Photo of Tonia Antoniazzi Tonia Antoniazzi Labour, Gower

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Sports Council Equality Group guidance on trans inclusion in domestic competition, which was commissioned in March 2020, will be published.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Government is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as the safety and fairness across all levels of sport. This is at the heart of our strategy ‘Sporting Future’. However, sports governing bodies each have their own rules on transgender issues and it is appropriate that they can determine the right position for their own sport.

The Sports Councils' Equality Group (SCEG) is in the process of reviewing Transgender Inclusion in Domestic Sport in the UK, commissioned in 2020. Subsequently a wide-ranging consultation has taken place. They are now processing the information they have collected as they work towards a carefully considered outcome in this complex environment. It is anticipated that the revised guidance on trans participation in sport will be released later this year.

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