Sociology PhD Student Ali Greey’s article ‘It’s Just Safer When I Don’t Go There’: Trans People’s Locker Room Membership and Participation in Physical Activity was recently published in the Journal of Homosexuality within Taylor & Francis Online. Greey’s article focuses on “the concepts of membership and belonging to illuminate how locker room access impacts trans people’s participation in the public sphere”. Drawing from previous findings and interviews, Greey provides insight into the struggles trans people face in navigating locker rooms and physical activity. An excerpt of the abstract is below:
“Building on findings demonstrating that transgender and gender non-binary (trans) people’s participation in physical activity is impacted by their experiences in locker rooms, this study examines how trans people navigate transphobia and cissexism in locker rooms. I consider the concepts of membership and belonging to illuminate how locker room access impacts trans people’s participation in the public sphere.”
The full article can be found here.
Ali Greey is a 3rd year PhD Student specializing in gender and education and gender in sport, their dissertation subject being how schools, which rely on binary understandings of gender for organizing students, are responding to the visibility of trans and non-binary students - and how these students are navigating binary-gender practices in their schools. Greey’s faculty supervisor is Jessica Fields, with Sharla Alegria and Hae Yeon Choo also a part of the committee. Greey is the current project coordinator on the Beyond Bullying Project (with principal investigators Jessica Fields and Jen Gilbert), a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholar, and the recipient of the Sport Canada Research Initiative Award. Their recent publications include “Queer Inclusion Precludes (Black) Queer Disruption: Media Analysis of the Black Lives Matter Toronto Sit-In During Toronto Pride 2016” and Justice for Trans Athletes: Challenges and Struggles with H.J. Lenskyj. More on Ali Greey, their projects, and contacts can be found on their website.