Abstract details

Abstract-ID: 1883
Title of the paper: Experiences of transgender and intersex individuals in sport and Physical Education
Authors: Diketmüller, R., Fluch, A.
Institution: University of Vienna
Department: Dept. Sports Pedagogy
Country: Austria
Abstract text Introduction
Sport participation has been acknowledged as a significant socializing agent for young people. Nevertheless, as for young people the dialogue across individual identities and the ways of being, particularly for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-, inter- or queer persons (LBGTIQ*) people, may encounter sexual stigma within sport culture. Despite the potential implications of sexual stigma in their everyday lives, there is a lack of information regarding the experiences of LGBTIQ in sport and physical education (PE) (Anderson &Bullingham 2015; McCormack 2014; Osborne&Wagner 2007; Petty&Trussel 2017). So the purpose of this paper was to examine how the coming-out process for people who identified as trans- or intersex persons shaped the meanings and experiences of their sport engagement in physical education and sport.
Aligned with a constructivist grounded theory approach, intense interviews and biographical stories as a form of knowledge were conducted to examine the perspectives of six trans- and intersex men on these issues. In the content analysis categories were developed and emphasis was placed on the experiences these persons made in society, in sport, and in PE.
Despite the evidence that homophobia seems to be declining in different countries and social fields, sexual stigma is omnipresent in the stories of this study. Based on the experiences, the interviewees focused on changes that could be made at various levels to make the future of sport and PE more inclusive to all individuals regardless their gender.
Particularly their suggestions for PE which is taught in Austria in a gender-segregated way from the age of 10 years onwards, led to discussions on how to organize PE in a more inclusive and non-discriminatory way (including locker rooms, toilets, …) and how to enable self-determination in school settings for all students.

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Topic: Physical Education and Pedagogics
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