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Unraveling the Myths About Trans People in Sports

The East Longmeadow Public Library is excited to partner with a cohort of many Massachusetts public libraries to host journalist Erin Reed for a virtual presentation titled “The Real Score:  Unraveling Myths About Trans People in Sports”, on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00pm on Zoom.

In this virtual presentation, we will explore the complex and often misunderstood world of transgender athletes in sports. Delving into the history and current controversies, we will address the myths and misinformation surrounding “biological advantages.” We will also discuss the discriminatory nature of recent sports bans targeting transgender individuals, and interrogate how similar arguments have been historically used to marginalize other minority groups. We will look at the real world impact of these sports bans, and how they might touch places you didn’t think about. Finally, we’ll put it all together in considering what transgender inclusion means for society at large.


About the presenter: Erin Reed (she/her) is a transgender journalist based in Washington, D.C. She tracks LGBTQ+ legislation around the United States for her subscription newsletter, Erin In The Morning. Her work has been cited by the APReutersThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and many more major media outlets. You can follow her on twitter and tiktok @ErinInTheMorn.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Longmeadow Public Library.