This article resonates so hard with me.
“Trusting my story to journalists has been a blessing and a curse: I am grateful for - and often actively seek out - opportunities to share my story and fulfill what I feel is my own person obligation to providing visibility to trans* athletes, but I know that once told to a reporter, my story is out of my hands. ”
"Visible" often turns into exposed, vulnerable.
How much accountability should we place on the media for the particular words and phrases they use? How much should we push back? How much is it our responsibility to educate the general public - and the journalists themselves - on what trans is and isn’t, on which questions are appropriate or not?
When are we going to move beyond the basics?
Thanks to everyone who has put themselves out there.
Story Telling vs. Story Taking. Honest and valid analysis.
Torre,Pablo S., and David Epstein. “The Transgender Athlete.” SI Vault. Time Inc. A Time Warner Company, 28 May 2012. Web. 17 Sep. 2012.
This article profiles several transgender athletes and recounts their struggles to participate in their chosen sport. It details their relationship issues…
"Genitalia has no impact on performance."
May it so be dubbed as “gender failing.” When a cisgender person has vocalized or published an opinion about a trans person with no grounded evidence or expertise in the area they are claiming. In this case, Wendy Williams is “gender failing” in sports and assuming a gender essentialism that does not exist.
BY MICHELLE GARCIA
Transgender woman Gabrielle Ludwig, a Desert Storm veteran, got to fulfill her life-long wishes by going back to college and playing for Contra Costa Community College’s basketball team at age 50.
But that didn’t stop ESPN radio hosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin from brutally degrading her experience and mocking her appearance and calling her “he/she” and “it.”
According to Outsports, the radio hosts also say transgender people should not play sports, and conveyed disgusted reactions regarding her appearance. Helen Carroll, an advocate for LGBT people in athletics said the language used in the broadcast is “inexcusable.” The duo issued a 10-second apology, according to the report, for calling Ludwig an “it.” A request for comment from the ESPN radio station in Washington, D.C., which airs the show, has not yet been returned.
UPDATE: ESPN980 has suspended sports talk show hosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin for their segment last week.
In a statement sent out Tuesday, the station wrote: “We strongly believe two of our employees crossed the line when discussing a transsexual person on their program last Thursday. Such intolerance and insensitivity will never be tolerated by this company. Due to the nature of this conversation, the pair have been temporarily removed from ESPN980’s Sports Reporters program.”
The IOC has failed transgender and female athletes in so many ways, and quite frankly, I don’t expect to change any time soon. However, it is worth putting scientific evidence into their hands so that the next committee assessing transgender athletes rights to competition so that they could understand how the Stockholm Consensus needs some MAJOR revisions…
"I was born into this world wrapped in a pink blanket, and that color seemed like my destiny, whether I liked it or not. The rush of adrenaline I got from the weight room felt like bursting out of the pink veil and finding myself in control of my body and my gender."
Athletics was an important activity growing up. Though never very good, I dabbled in many many sports. Nowadays it is not as intertwined with my life - no clubs or competitions. It’s sometimes a chore to work out, a mechanism to maintain reflect the body I see in my mind (gender-wise, and not). Other times it is a welcome release, an energy boost, an adrenaline rush, an escape, honoring and respecting the body I have, pushing it to its limit.
This article echoes some of my fears of going to a gym. Since transitioning, I haven’t been to a “real” gym. The culture at my rock climbing gym is open minded, where everyone has a laid back attitude, and I stand out more for my lack of tattoos than for my gender. I haven’t had to face gendered locker rooms (a whole different beast than just a bathroom). I honestly wouldn’t know what to do.
Gym politics are horrendous. Always.