Oberlin College to mandate transgender sensitivity training for all jocks

Oberlin College to mandate transgender sensitivity training for all jocks

Oberlin College is considering a set of rules to create a more “inclusive” athletics department which includes mandatory transgender sensitivity training for all of its staff and coaches.

The training requirement is part of the latest draft of the school’s “Guidelines for Inclusion and Respectful Treatment of Intercollegiate Transgender Student Athletes,” developed by the school’s Transgender Participation Advisory Committee and released at the end of April.

“It is basically intended to sort of be a 101,” Emily Clarke, a junior and member of the committee, said in an interview with Campus Reform on Thursday. “We also talk about choice, privilege and agency in presentation of gender and pronouns and ends with trans-allyship dos and don’ts.”

“It’s basically like, don’t question people about their transitioning processes, respect pronouns and names, don’t use ‘ladies’ or ‘gentlemen’ when addressing a group of people,” she said.

Clarke is also a former member of the Oberlin Rhinos, the school’s women and trans-inclusive rugby team.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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