You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience and security.

Skip to main

Reforming The Locker Room

BY: Trevor News
Smiling person in a yellow shirt

Being part of the team is a game-changer for LGBTQ athletes. Self-esteem, health benefits, community; these are just some of the benefits young people get from sports. Yet, many LGBTQ young people are being sidelined — intentionally excluded from those rewarding experiences. 

68% of LGBTQ young people have never participated in sports, with many citing fear of bullying and discrimination. These young people are missing out on more than just exercise; they also miss out on accomplishment, friendship, and acceptance, things that all young people deserve to experience. Schools and state and local governments across the United States have made it especially difficult for trans and nonbinary young people to play the sports they love. More than 600 anti-LGBTQ bills have been filed in 2023, more than 60 of which seek to ban transgender and nonbinary young people from participating in school sports.

At The Trevor Project, we are on the ground fighting these harmful policies and bills. We also want to prepare the adults around LGBTQ young people to be the best allies possible, and to give them the knowledge and skills to facilitate positive change; that is, to reform the locker room. In partnership with PUMA, we have developed a comprehensive training for youth-serving adults to help young LGBTQ athletes in crisis, support equity in sports, promote gender inclusivity, and use respectful language. 

Athlete and student-athlete coordinator Jaide Hinds-Clarke says coaches and administrators who made an effort to be inclusive changed her life: “It created space for me to feel supported, empowered, and loved. It’s really important for coaches to understand the power they have to create positive change in someone’s life.”

LGBTQ young people report lower rates of attempting suicide when they have access to affirming spaces — and they want the people in their lives to learn more about how to support them. We urge you to reform the locker room in your community.

To get started, visit

Read more from

Illustration of 4 people

On The Trans/Nonbinary Umbrella

The person writing this is nonbinary; I primarily use they/them pronouns, and I don’t feel I have a particular relationship to my gender other than it just is. Some people’s relationship to gender is ever-changing; for others, their relationship to gender is clear and stable. Gender has long been described as a spectrum of identity between two binary poles: man and woman. The internal experience of being a man, a woman, a nonbinary person, or otherwise is different for everyone. The binary fails to capture the sometimes impalpable ways in which it feels to be in the world and to…
David Tsai

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with David Tsai

This AAPI Heritage Month and always, The Trevor Project is here to celebrate stories of powerful trailblazers who have forged an inspiring path toward inclusivity, acceptance, and representation for AAPI queer young people. To celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, The Trevor Project is sharing stories from our community to supporters. David Tsai is one of our donors and a leader in the law community — we’re lucky to have him as a role model and part of our community. David Tsai is a law Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. David has been quoted in various business and technology publications…