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'Changing the Game': Transgender Participation in Competitive Sport


Join us for a panel discussion looking at themes from the award-winning LGBTQ+ documentary, 'Changing the Game', and the wider issues around the role of transgender athletes in competitive sport.


  • Jamie Hooper: Board member and Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Federation of Gay Games
  • Verity Smith: Trans rugby player and trans inclusion in sports youth worker for Mermaids UK
  • Natalie Washington: Trans football player and campaign lead for Football v Transphobia

The panel will be moderated by Maria Patsalos, a Partner at Mishcon de Reya

Changing the Game

Director: Michael Barnett

Changing the Game is a compelling account of the hard-won victories by trans teenage athletes competing across America. This action-packed documentary reveals the lives of three major contenders in high-school wrestling, skiing and track sports. These young athletes have been making headlines for their activism, victories in competition and the battles they face being publicly out.

Displaying extraordinary feats of courage and motivation, their fiercely protective family networks (including an amazing police grandmother who raised the wrestler Mack Beggs) truly demonstrates the positive power of acceptance and support. A lot depends on individual state law. In progressive Connecticut, track star Andraya is allowed to compete on the women’s team, but in Texas Mack is forced to wrestle on the team according to his gender assigned at birth. Changing policies and calmly standing up to haters, these teenage pioneers deserve multiple gold medals.

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