The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights is of the opinion that the refusal by the West Beemster Sports Association to accept a transboy is an act of discrimination.
In The Netherlands, approximately 1,000 children are transgender. These are children that, for instance, feel like a boy, but have a girl's body, and vice versa. Alternatively, the child can feel neither a boy nor a girl. Just like everyone else, they want to go to school and practise sports, but unfortunately, they are still regularly confronted with discrimination.
A recent verdict of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights also reveals this. A transboy - from girl to boy - registered at a football club, but was refused. The Institute judges that the before mentioned club is discriminating by doing so.
The mother of the boy registered him with the West Beemster Sports Association in the summer of 2014, not indicating he is transgender. The club let the mother know that it considered it to be a 'special situation,' and that his registration had to be discussed during a board meeting. The football club then decided not to register the boy. They were afraid he would become the victim of bullying.
The Institute strongly urges sports association to be alert when it comes to communicating such delicate subjects. Furthermore, it is important that sports clubs in these situations consult the parents and the child in search of a solution. This also means that the sports clubs have to make the problem of bullying a subject of discussion with its members.