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Transgender and Non-binary Swimming in the UK: Indoor Public Pool Spaces and Un/Safety.

Caudwell, J., 2020. Transgender and Non-binary Swimming in the UK: Indoor Public Pool Spaces and Un/Safety. Frontiers in Sociology, 5, 64.

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DOI: 10.3389/fsoc.2020.00064


This paper draws from the findings of research that was initiated as a consequence of previous research activities related to University-LGBT community physical activity projects (2012–2018). Specifically, the research underpinning this paper centers transgender and non-binary experiences of recreational swimming and aquatic activity (2017–2020). To date, the research has received small amounts of funding from four sources and resulted in two public engagement activities (two art exhibitions). The findings that inform the discussion are taken from nine semi-structured interviews, three focus groups including a professionally drawn illustration of two of these focus groups, and sixty-three research participant's “drawings” as well as informal conversations with eight stakeholders. The findings concern transgender and non-binary people's feelings of un/safety in the public spaces of an indoor swimming pool and the accompanying display of their embodied self. These two elements of un/safety—spatiality and embodiment—are critically discussed in relation to physical activity and in/equality. In this way, the work contributes to sustained University-LGBT community links and provides possibility for evidenced-based intervention to address inequality.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Transgender ; Non-Binary ; Inequality ; Swimming
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34497
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Sep 2020 15:23
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:23


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