Holly Thorpe, Jack Byrne, Jaimie Veale, Lynda Johnston

Holly Thorpe is a Professor in Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She works primarily in the field of the sociology of sport and physical culture, with her research interests including sport in post-disaster and conflict zones, gender, youth culture, action sports, social theory, and qualitative methods. She is a recipient of both Fulbright and Leverhulme Fellowships, and author of Transnational Mobilities in Action Sport Cultures (2014) and Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice (2011). In 2018 she won the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for her contributions to the Social Sciences. Jack's main areas of research are on the human rights of transgender people, with particular expertise on transgender health and wellbeing and legal gender recognition, including for refugees and asylum seekers. He joined the Transgender Health Research Lab in September 2017, as one the lead researchers and authors of Counting Ourselves: the Aotearoa New Zealand Trans and Non-binary Health Survey. Jaimie completed her PhD in psychology at Massey University in 2012. She worked for three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, researching the health of Canadian transgender youth, before moving back to Aotearoa New Zealand to a faculty position in psychology at Te Whare Wānanga of Waikato: The University of Waikato. At the University, she is the Director of the Transgender Health Research Lab and she also helped to establish the University of Waikato Rainbow Staff/Student Alliance. Lynda's overall research interests centre on the challenges and spatial complexities of inequality. Specifically, her work draws attention to the exclusionary ways in which various forms of marginalisation and discrimination – such as sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and racism – shape people’s places and spaces. She has a commitment to empirical research that is informed by current theoretical debates about society, space and tourism encounters. She has an international research focus on the embodied geographies of genders and sexualities.

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Why the way we talk about Olympian Laurel Hubbard has real consequences for all transgender people

When Laurel Hubbard was announced as the first out transgender woman athlete to compete in an individual sport at an Olympic Games, controversy wasn’t far behind. One prominent commentator even called it a “disaster for women’s sport”. In Aotearoa New Zealand, the topic was hotly debated across television, radio,...

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