Inside Higher Ed
April 5, 2021
Ensuring LGBTQ inclusion in sports
Athlete Ally, an advocacy group for LGBTQ equality in sports that grades Division I athletic departments' policies and practices, is raising awareness about inclusion of transgender athletes. The group released its third Athlete Equality Index today, which rates the policies of all 353 institutions in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and how they treat LGBTQ students. Thomas Harris, assistant athletic director for diversity, inclusion and engagement at the University of Arizona, which received a perfect score on the index, said Athlete Ally's standards for LGBTQ inclusion are "foundational" for every college athletic department and do not require significant investment of resources.