Swedish gymnastics to let youths choose their own gender category


Young Swedish transgender gymnasts will be allowed to compete in whatever class they want, following a new decision by the Swedish Gymnastics Federation. The decision was reached after the federation had done a “deep-dive in the issue around gender identity and gender expression” over the summer, the organisation said. “Specifically, for our training and competition activities the decision means that you are welcome to train in whatever group you yourself choose no matter your legal gender, gender identity or expression,” the federation said in a statement. Transgender teenagers would also be free to compete in the class of their own choosing, up to and including the junior national level, which falls between 13 and 18 years old depending on the discipline. Speaking to daily Dagens Nyheter, the organisation said the new rules would not apply to senior athletes as they would need to adapt to international rules. The gymnastics federation is the first national sports body to heed a call from the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights (RFSL), which in October issued a report on transgender people in sports, focusing on children and young people.


Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 11/29/2023
Several families are suing to stop Iowa’s new law that bans books from school libraries, forbids teachers from raising LGBTQ+ issues and forces educators …
Added on: 11/29/2023
Members of Russia’s LGBTQ community fear a court ruling due on Thursday will label them “extremists” and pave the way for arrests and prosecutions …
Added on: 11/29/2023
As the sun rises over Pristina, the call to prayer echoes through the Kosovo capital just as the patrons of its only LGBTQ bar …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from

Added on: 02/16/2022
Members of the LGBTI community which are looking for asylum in different countries of Europe are facing some difficulties, including double discrimination even in …
Added on: 02/06/2022
The 2022 Winter Olympics kicked off its razzlin’, dazzlin’, flipplin’, slidin’ 16-day event with a fireworks-heavy opening ceremony this morning in Beijing, and if …
Added on: 09/20/2021
As Swedish priests are not obliged to marry a couple if they are morally opposed, Lars Gårdsfeldt is using that right to fight against …