RENTON – Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is launching a gender-diverse inclusivity toolkit for leaders who interact with youth athletes across the state.
Designed in partnership with Gender Diversity, a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender diversity, the free, digital toolkit is available for all youth coaches, kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, administrators and parents.
“As the presence of gender-diverse students increases on athletic teams and in classes and other activities, continued efforts toward inclusive practices and education are vital in the creation of an equitable playing field,” said WIAA. “The toolkit has been produced to address the national dialogue around transgender and nonbinary students, teaching best practices and providing resources to assist in the development of supportive and non-discriminatory environments for young people.”
WIAA was the first state activities association to enact policy regarding transgender sport and activity participation. Successful policy and practices supporting the participation of all students, regardless of how they identify, was developed in 2007 by the WIAA office and written into the handbook for the 2007-2008 school year, the association said.