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Gender Diversity in Sports

An online learning environment for learning about gender diversity as it pertains to sports, physical fitness, and athletic participation.


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 GDiS Online 

Welcome to GDiS Online! Originally, GDiS 2020 was an in-person summit being held in Phoenix, Arizona in April 2020. However, due to the spread of Covid-19 and ensuing social distancing measures, GDiS 2020 was cancelled in favor of an online format. It has been difficult, but working alongside experts in the field, storytellers, and athletes, we have put together a learning environment that explores the complexity of gender and sex as it relates to sport, and the challenges presented to gender diverse athletes at all levels.

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There are four major lessons in this learning module: 1) an introduction to research focusing on transgender athletes; 2) the role legislation plays in protecting and oppressing gender diverse athletes; 3) the experiences of intersex athletes; 4) the challenges gender diverse children face in primary and secondary school sports, and further readings.

These lessons can be pursued in any order; however, they have been scaffolded to help participants build their knowledge beginning with basic steps and then slowly taking on a more advanced understanding. The lessons includes a combination of live recordings, videos, recorded presentations, text, and links to external resources.

Special thanks

GDiS Online would not be possible without the assistance of the National Network for Libraries of Medicine Pacific-Southwest Region (NNLM-PSR). The NNLM is a federally funded nationwide organization that seeks to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving public access health information and practice informed decision making. You can learn more about the NNLM and its initiatives at the following site:

We would also like to call attention to the NIH All of Us program, a historic research venture that seeks to collect biomedical data on one million or more people in order to achieve a more robust and equitable healthcare system. You can learn more about All of Us at:

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