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2014 - Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting Words: 150 words || 
1. Travers, Ann. "Binary or Busted! Transgender and gender variant children and youth in sport and recreationn" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2019-10-17 <>
Publication Type: Formal research paper presentation
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper summarizes my research with and about the participation of transgender and gender variant children and youth in North American sport and recreation. I interviewed 12 such children and youth and/or their parents or guardians and 6 allies and advocates as well as analyzing relevant Canadian and USA policies relating to transgender inclusion in sport and recreation. As for my findings/conclusion? The title of the paper says it all. While some recent flexibility relating to the possibilities for disjuncture between birth sex and affirmed sex has emerged, in order to participate in sport and physical recreation my research participants had to assume a binary gender category. I argue that this is inconsistent with a transformative and intersectional gender justice paradigm that seeks to de-stabilize oppressive ideologies and administrative practices of dyadic sex difference that perpetuate what Spade (2011) refers to as the maldistribution of security and vulnerability across populations.

2017 - BEA Words: 70 words || 
2. Osborne, Anne. "Sporting Conversations Outside the Gender Binary: Social Media Discourse Regarding Trans and Gender Ambiguous Athletes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the BEA, Westgate Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, <Not Available>. 2019-10-17 <>
Publication Type: General Paper Submission
Abstract: In nearly every sport, competition is fundamentally divided by gender. As such, sports organizations and sports media struggle with how to address athletes who do not neatly fit into the gender binary. Using analysis of sports media coverage of Chris Mossier, a transgender duathlon, and Caster Semenya, a gender ambiguous runner, as a foundation, this presentation will focus on fan reactions to media discourse about trans and gender ambiguous athletes.

2015 - National Women's Studies Association Words: 94 words || 
3. Bryant, Karl. "Supporting Gender Creative Children and the (Im)Possibility of Non-Binary Genders" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Women's Studies Association, Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI, <Not Available>. 2019-10-17 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Abstract: This paper examines advocacy work that has been at the heart of the “affirmative turn” in approaches to childhood gender nonconformity in order to understand the degree to which non-binary genders are conceptualized in that work. While advocacy work has played a key role in forging affirmative approaches to gender nonconforming childhoods, it has also created its own set of normalizing effects, with embedded assumptions about gender. I argue that while these gender conceptualizations create little room for non-binary genders, reconceptualizations of childhood itself may open up spaces for reimagining gender beyond the binary.

2013 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 4982 words || 
4. Rahilly, Elizabeth. "Resisting and Re-deploying the Gender Binary: Parenting and Protecting the "Gender Variant" Child" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton New York and Sheraton New York, New York, NY, Aug 09, 2013 Online <PDF>. 2019-10-17 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Outside of the mental health professions and those practitioners concerned with the “Gender Identity Disorder” (GID) diagnosis, there is limited social or cultural insight into gender nonconforming children and the families who raise them, whether it is families who accept and nurture such behavior or treat it as a problem needing to be fixed. In recent years, however, gender nonconforming children, as young as 4 or 5 years old, have gained mainstream visibility, namely due to the growing numbers of parents who are actively embracing their behaviors and rejecting traditional therapeutic interventions—and in particularly politicized, transgender-aware ways. This paper draws on interviews with 24 such parents, who have identified and embraced their children as “gender variant” or “transgender.” Specifically, this paper aims to explore the ways in which these parents both resist and adapt, or re-deploy, the terms and logic of traditional gender binary ideology, first to identify and defend the “gender variant” label for their child and then to assess whether or not their child is “truly transgendered.” The author argues, ultimately, that parents’ duel resistance and re-deployment of traditional binary logic, including its essentialist underpinnings, proves the necessary intellectual work they do to support and protect their child and to advocate for newer forms of gender diversity more broadly.

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