It will be awhile before there’s action on the basketball court in Nova Scotia.
But off the court, Basketball Nova Scotia has been busy, and just released their new Trans-Inclusion policy.
Under the new policy, athletes can participate in the gender with which they identify.
They also won’t have to disclose any personal information beyond those required for cisgender athletes, and there are no requiremetns for hormonal therapy or surgery.
Katherine Brien is the Executive Director of BNS, and she tells NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show, they cold-called Halifax’s Youth Project, a local non-profit that supports youth with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, to see if they could help.
“We reached out to them and they were on board to sit down with us and educate us on essentially a skeleton policy that we had put together,” says Brien.
She says they went through the policy to make sure there was a welcoming environment for any athletes in the Trans community who want to take up the sport.
“A lot of education pieces came from that for me personally, and then put into our policy itself, which we really hope will provide an environment where any athlete feels like they can come and play basketball,” she says.
Another rule in the policy when it comes to gender fluid and gender non-binary athletes states they can participate in the gender where they feel the most comfortable and safe.