It’s official! I am a part of the 2016 Body Issue! I shot my part before my trip to Spain – I’ll detail the whole experience once the issue is released. I am equal parts excited and overwhelmed with excitement (they are little different), but I am so pumped to be a part of this, for a few reasons:
- For 29 years, I did not want to have my photo taken. What I saw reflected back (and documented forever) did not align with the way I felt inside, or how I saw myself. I am so proud to be at a point where I am comfortable in my own skin.
- I think it’s important for people to see that trans athletes exist, and be an example for others. I am not saying yall need to take your clothes off! I’m just saying, visibility is a powerful tool to fight against oppression and discrimination.
- The first thing I said to the reporter who profiled me in October was, “I want to be in the Body Issue.” They passed it on and the rest is history. SO COOL.
- I wanted to share my abs with you. 🙂
Look at this list! From the first two paragraphs of the ESPN article announcing the names:
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, UFC fighter Conor McGregor, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta are among the athletes who will shed their clothes to appear in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue.
Ten men and nine women will appear in the magazine, which announced the athlete list for the eighth annual Body Issue on Tuesday. The featured participants include Team USA duathlete Chris Mosier, who will be the first transgender athlete to pose.
Check this link for a sneak preview video, and look for the release on July 6 online and July 8 in print.
I’ve heard about these Doosters.They make amazing films. I’ve seen them around, mostly blending into the sidelines, capturing random footage that I’m never sure what it’s for or where it will end up.
Recently I got to spend some quality Dooster time, and it was pretty rad. And while I don’t know what they are using it all for and how it will turn out, I am pretty excited to be a part of it.
photo by Dooster
I was thrilled to see Fallon Fox on the cover of the January 2016 issue of Compete Magazine, and equally excited to see a few mentions about the GO! Athletes Mentorship Program:
The article on page 22 is one I wrote for the June 2015 issue, before the mentorship program was launched. But we got a timely reference as well, with a big thumbs up:
The mentorship program is up and running and we are thrilled with the response and support we’ve received so far.
And a big thank you to both Connie and Eric, who mentioned me in their columns!
Excited to represent GO! Athletes & TransAthlete.com at the United Nations today on International Human Rights Day!
I’m quoted in this article about the recent incident at Planet Fitness regarding transgender inclusion in sports.
“Planet Fitness, known for a “Judgment Free Zone” policy designed to make all gym-goers feel welcome, is standing by its code after a Michigan customer recently objected to a transgender woman in the female locker rooms, saying she thought the person was a man. The gym revoked the customer’s membership after receiving her formal complaint, and asked her to stop talking about the incident to other gym members, according tonews reports. In a statement, Planet Fitness said that, according to their policy, their customers can use the locker rooms (and all other gym facilities) based on the gender they identify with.”
Last week I was featured in the Wall Street Journal in an article about trans athletes (framed by the speculation of Bruce Jenner’s identity). The article mentions TransAthlete.com and features a nice photo as well. Pretty cool!