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First trans cricketer to play in an international competition

Words by Abi Scaife

A Canadian cricketer is making history as the first transgender cricketer to play in an international competition.

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Despite other sports taking a hard anti-trans stand, the International Cricket Council has strict criteria that need to be met - but does allow trans cricketers to take part in the sport.

Danielle McGahey will be part of Canada’s team playing against Bangladesh, as part of a path to the 2024 World Cup.

Danielle told BBC Sport: "I am absolutely honoured. To be able to represent my community is something I never dreamed I would be able to do."

This is a great showing for trans rights in sports - and hopefully, the ICC will encourage other sports to take a more inclusive stance in the future.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

MindOut. An award winning LGBTQ community mental health service based in Brighton; run by LGBTQ people, for LGBTQ people. Learn more here.

Switchboard. They provide an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity. Support them here.

LGBT Hero. LGBT HERO is the national health and wellbeing charity for LGBTQ+ people supporting over 100,000 people a month.  Find out more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Gender Equality.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs