USQ Update

USQ Update

In Support of Trans and Gender Nonconforming People

USQ stands with trans and gender noncorforming people and condemns recent hateful statements made by J.K. Rowling.

Our stance remains the same as before: we stand with trans and gender nonconforming members of our community. Trans men are men, trans women are women, and non-binary people are non-binary. We denounce the recent hateful statements made by J.K. Rowling. This is not the first time that Rowling has voiced her transphobic opinions. You can read our previous statement at the end of this article.

June is Pride month, celebrating the LGTBQIA+ community and commemorating the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Trans activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were at the center of the Stonewall Riots, which kickstarted a surge of advocacy and organization by activist groups that would eventually lead to anti-discrimination laws that gave LGBTQIA+ people more rights.

It is paramount that we continue to uplift and amplify the voices of trans and gender nonconforming people in quidditch. This month, USQ will feature stories from members of the LGBTQIA+ community on our social media channels, with a focus on Black and non-Black people of color. If you have interest in being featured, please email strategicplanning@usquidditch.org by Thursday, June 18.

Additional External Resources

We encourage our members to read these op-eds from Kacen Callender and Jackson Bird, describing the impact of transphobia on trans and gender nonconforming people.

You can also check out the the Trevor Project, which is a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQIA+ youth. Actor Daniel Radliffe recently published an article on their website, which you can read here.

USQ Supports the LGBTQIA+ Community

Quidditch has always been a mixed gender sport. Every edition of the USQ rulebook states that “the gender that a player identifies as is considered to be that player’s gender.”

Inclusivity is part of our mission statement: “USQ advances the sport by organizing events and programs that build community and empower all genders to compete together.” We value the contributions of our LGBTQIA+ members and support their participation in our programs and events.

One of USQ’s core tenants is the Title 9 3/4 program, which stresses the importance of all genders being able to compete equally. Through that program, we advocate against gender discrimination, like when we denounced discriminatory legislation targeting trans and gender nonconforming people.

For questions about USQ’s Title 9 3/4 program and other diversity and equity initiatives, email strategicplanning@usquidditch.org.

Statement from December 2019

This statement was originally posted on USQ’s Twitter account here.

USQ is committed to supporting athletes of all genders. Trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary people are non-binary. We stand with our trans and non-binary players, referees, snitches, volunteers, and fans.

One of the most amazing things about our community is that this value, that athletes of all genders must have a place in our sport, is shared globally.

Every single quidditch NGB is committed to providing a safe space for athletes and participants of all genders, and we will continue to uphold this.

If you need someone to talk to or a place to go, there are many organizations that can help you find a local LGBTQIA+ center. CenterLink is one. There is also LGBT Campus.

If you want to learn more about creating safe spaces, the Harry Potter Alliance has some great resources.