Date Presented

Spring 5-15-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Sport Management

First Advisor

Dr. Lindsay Pieper

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel Hedrick

Third Advisor

Dr. Laura Kicklighter


Transgender (trans) athletes, particularly trans women, are not widely accepted in sports, which can be shown through a policy analysis of Olympic recognized sports in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. An analysis of the policies of different National Governing Bodies (NGBs) shows that there is inconsistency in trans policies which leaves room for unfairness and a lack of inclusivity. Additionally, each gender, sport, and country has different trans regulations, largely based on assumptions of gender norms as reflected in Metheny’s framework. Additional research on trans athletes still needs to be done all across the world.