Veteran WNBA player, Layshia Clarendon, is back on the court after injury, helping lift the L.A. Sparks out of an 8-game losing streak. Clarendon recently talked with Hypebae about the beauty industry's current athletic obsession — "There’s so much to admire about Layshia Clarendon, a WNBA veteran of nine years. They have made history as the first nonbinary player in the women’s league to use interchangeable they/he/she pronouns. This alone has paved the way for upcoming generations of athletes from all walks of life to embrace their true identities and shine bright like Rihanna‘s diamonds on and off the court." Read more.
Canada’s Quinn brings joyful trans and non-binary representation to the Women’s World Cup — "Women’s World Cup 2023 star Quinn knows a thing or two about breaking barriers – whether it’s being the first trans, non-binary Olympic gold medallist or showing others that they can be gender-diverse in the sporting landscape." Read more.
Megan Rapinoe Won’t Go Quietly — "With equal pay on the books, Rapinoe has shifted her focus to trans-rights advocacy. She’s particularly contemptuous of policies designed to keep transgender girls and women from playing on female sports teams. 'We as a country are trying to legislate away people’s full humanity,' she says." Read more.
Athlete Ally Responds to Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Trans Athlete Ban — “The lack of research around transgender women who have undergone hormone replacement therapy in cycling make it even more unconscionable that the UCI is willing to so readily bar gender diverse athletes despite the lack of scientifically precise conclusions. Rather than following the lead of the IOC, which takes a stance in support of athletes since there is a lack of scientific evidence justifying their exclusion, the UCI has instead chosen to use false science to justify a discriminatory policy.” Read more.
World swimming bans transgender athletes from women's events — "FINA's 'deeply discriminatory, harmful, unscientific' new policy is 'not in line with (the IOC's) framework on fairness, inclusion and non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex variations,' Anne Lieberman of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit that advocates for LGBTQ athletes, said in a statement." Read more.
A record 87 out LGBTQ athletes will compete in the 2023 Women's World Cup — "More than 1 in 10 of this year’s 736 Women’s World Cup players — a whopping 11.8% — openly identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer or nonbinary. " Read more.