TransAthletica: New TikTok Docuseries Tackling Transgender Issues Within Sports

Screen Australia and TikTok are funding a new docuseries called ‘TransAthletica’, created exclusively for TikTok and featuring the voices of leading transgender athletes and activists.


The 15-part series, created by the team behind ‘Rainbow History Class’, will follow the story of Rudy Jean Rigg (who is also a featured talent of Sydney WorldPride 2023) as he explores the unique challenges faced by trans people in sport, asking questions like “how do we define a person’s gender”, or “what determines a ‘normal’ amount of hormones”, and “how can we change sport systems to be less gendered”.

This past year has given trans athletes more visibility than ever, as sporting codes and age-old institutions are forced to grapple with the notions of gender and equality. For a lot of trans athletes, this back and forth is much like a brutal match, being played on a very public field.

“I had to stop playing sport because I needed to affirm my gender to be myself. To be happy,” Co-Writer and Host/former Victorian State badminton player Rudy Jean Rigg says.

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“I want ‘TransAthletica’ to help show people the immense amount of challenges that transgender and gender diverse people face in sport, how a simple answer to inclusion may not be the best one and, ultimately, drive home the fact that trans people don't just deserve the right to play sport; we deserve the opportunity to win.”

Director Hannah McElhinney adds to this.

“This series is so important because transgender athletes are so often told by the media they have an ‘unfair advantage’, yet face more unfairness on their road to complete than most other athletes.”

‘TransAthletica’ is due to be released on TikTok in June.


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