Your friend is worried about transphobic comments made by teammates. Do you help her?

About 90% of trans students hear negative or demeaning comments daily or weekly from other students.  How would you feel hearing that about you everyday?

Draw-the-Line Postcard. The text reads:"Your friend is worried about transphobic comments made by teammates. Do you help her? About 90% of trans students hear negative or demeaning comments daily or weekly from other students. How would you feel hearing that about you everyday?" Draw-the-Line Postcard. The text reads: "Your friend is worried about transphobic comments made by teammates. Do you help her? "

Your friend is worried about transphobic comments made by teammates. Do you help her?

 

The Draw-the-Line – Against Transphobic Violence postcards provide accessible, scenario-based approaches to discussions around preventing and intervening in instances of transphobic and sexual violence, and the roles that we can all play as bystanders.  The full text of the card is written below

Sports Culture

Your friend is worried about transphobic comments made by teammates.  Do you help her?

About 90% of trans students hear negative or demeaning comments daily or weekly from other students.  How would you feel hearing that about you everyday?

 

WHY DRAW THE LINE

Transphobic comments create toxic environments and may in some cases also be against the law. As athletes, we have a responsibility to be our best selves and create safer and inclusive communities for everyone.

 

WHEN TO DRAW THE LINE

On the court or in the locker room, whenever we notice comments that mock or devalue trans people, we need to challenge them right away.

 

HOW TO DRAW THE LINE

Support your friend: Tell them they are right to be concerned.

Report it: Tell someone you trust – a teacher, a principal, a parent/ caregiver or elder.

Spark positive change: Ask your coach to specifically prohibit discrimination by addressing transphobia in your team’s Code of Conduct, and connect with your school’s Safer Space Club, GSA or a local LGBTQ group for support.

 

IT HAPPENED TO ME

If you’ve experienced harassment in sports, reach out for help. Visit draw-the-line.ca.

Be an ally to trans women by challenging transphobia and other forms of violence.

 

Sexual violence is everyone’s problem. Break the silence. Speak out against it. Spread the word.

Find out more at draw-the-line.ca.