Sports, Athletics and Transgender Rights


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Tue, 10/05/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Please join us for Transpositive on KBOO Community Radio on Tuesday, October 5th as we talk with Emet Marwell of Athlete Ally about sports, athletics and transgender rights.  Marwell is a transgender activist, former field hockey player, and Policy & Programs Manager at Athlete Ally, an organization that advocates for transgender athletes and transgender youth participation in sports. 

In 2021, 36 states had enacted or were considering legislation limiting the rights of transgender kids to participate in sports and athletic programs in their schools.  According to the Center for American Progress, "Opponents of LGBTQ equality have mobilized to stoke transphobia and legislate anti-trans policies by focusing on the participation of transgender youth in school athletic programs.  During a pandemic and economic crisis that should demand policymakers’ full attention and government response, many anti-LGBTQ legislators are instead using their time and resources to advocate for bills that would ban transgender students from playing sports." 

Transpositive is a biweekly program in Portland exploring themes important to those who identify as Transgender, Gender Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming. Transpositive tries to connect listeners with the ongoing activist, arts, culture, and dialogue happening in Portland and beyond. Make your voice heard! Transpositive PDX is open to new and experienced programmers, guests, and events you want our community to know about. We are an open collective. Anyone who identifies as trans, gender non-binary, gender fluid is welcome to be part of our collective after completing some basic free radio training. For more information contact Emma at

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