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3. Fear, Loathing, and Empty Gestures: UK Legislation on Sport and the Transgender Participant

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Abstract

The Gender Recognition Act 2004, s.19—which sought to restrict transgendered persons’ opportunities to participate in sports—was never argued before the courts of the UK before being repealed by the Equality Act 2010. The 2004 Act had sought to ban participation of transgendered persons in sports if their involvement was not conducive to either ‘competitive fairness’ or ‘safety’. This chapter explores the legal difficulties that were always bound to exist in enforcing a prohibition on either ground. It considers the relevant medical literature and fundamental legal principles that are common to most European jurisdictions in order to illustrate the difficulty of introducing lawful, effective constraints on transgender participation, and argues in favor of inclusivity for all sports participants.

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Metadata
Title
Fear, Loathing, and Empty Gestures: UK Legislation on Sport and the Transgender Participant
Author
David McArdle
Copyright Year
2016
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-71325-7_3