Gender Equality and Quidditch
Quidditch is a full-contact, gender inclusive sport.
The International Quidditch Association is very proud of this fact. We believe the opportunity for people of all genders to play together in a highly physical and competitive atmosphere is important because it leads to respect between the athletes, regardless of their gender identity. That respect is incredibly important, both on and off the pitch, and we hope that our sport can be a catalyst for positive change in our world.
Our work to educate our community about sex and gender issues serves to reinforce that in-game experience.
We believe that sport has the potential to empower and enrich the lives of all people, and are proud to provide that opportunity equally to everyone.
The Four-Maximum Rule
Men, women, and non-binary people (people who identify as neither a man or a woman) play side by side on pitch in our very physical game. In order to ensure that quidditch maintains this inclusivity, our rules state that there can never be more than four players of the majority gender on the pitch at one time. For example, a team with four self-identified women on the pitch at once cannot have any additional players who identify as women, but must instead have players of another gender (man, trans, agender, etc.) present. Substitutions must follow according to this rule.
For the organization and its players, the gender rule is an intrinsic and essential part of the sport.
“The gender rule makes playing safe for me. I’m trans and genderqueer, two reasons I never know which team to join… so having a non-binary option means I don’t have to choose.”
“I think quidditch is a great step in the right direction. I’ve always felt girls and guys should be on equal playing field, and people have always disagreed with me. I’ve seen people change their mind on the issue just by watching a game, and it’s great to hear people go from saying ‘She’s great, for a girl’ to ‘She’s a great chaser.’ It makes a difference.”
“My understanding of myself as agender has come about recently, and whilst I wouldn’t say quidditch helped in making that happen, had I been involved in a sport which was not as accepting, it may well have been restricted.”
“I really love how it makes the sport inclusive to any and all genders, because of the [four maximum rule]. I’m not transgender or outside of the binary myself, but some of my teammates are, and they feel accepted in the quidditch community because of the gender rule, and that’s important to me too.”