Nike ad: Unlimited Courage

AHHHHHHH! I’m in a Nike ad! My childhood dream has come true!

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Chris Mosier is featured in the “Unlimited Courage” film, an installment in the Nike “Unlimited” Campaign, which includes the “Unlimited Future” film, “Unlimited You” film and the company’s recent series of athlete shorts, with more to come through the month of August, hails both the everyday athletes and the champion athletes who regularly push their limits — and who are poised to prove their unlimited potential this summer and beyond.

“Unlimited Courage” celebrates an extraordinary athlete, Chris Mosier, and his unlimited determination and spirit to become the first openly trans athlete to earn a spot on a U.S. men’s national team.

See the ad here.

NBA moves all-star game from North Carolina

As a transgender athlete, I applaud the NBA’s decision to stand by their stated values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all people. In May, I traveled to North Carolina myself to make my second US National Team. It was not my favorite race experience, due in large part to the perceived threat and potential harm I could have been faced with simply by existing in that state.

When a person knows they may be discriminated against, a space is unsafe. While the Hornet organization and the city of Charlotte were reportedly making safe and inclusive spaces, it’s not possible to erase the concerns of transgender fans in that state with the policies that are in place. There become no safe spaces; transgender people and trans athletes are at risk every day in the state. North Carolina is among the worst states in the country for transgender high school and college athletes, as well as other trans and gender non-conforming people.

There is a difference between putting something in your company vision and living by your words. By pulling out of North Carolina, the NBA showed they are, in fact, walking the walk, and I appreciate it. With any luck, other organizations like NCAA will withdraw their events as well.

 

Body Issue & ESPYs Pre-Party

Tuesday night was the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue release party and the pre-ESPY Awards celebration at The Avalon in Los Angeles. It was my first time on the red carpet at an event – what a weird experience! Basically it’s standing in two or three spots and looking at 8-10 cameras while photographers call for your attention. All the while, I was trying to not look silly, and a big part of that is figuring out: do I not smile? Do I smile? Do I just smize? 🙂

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Well, I did it! And it turned out okay!

It was also the first time I saw the Body Issue in print, which was very cool. I’m thrilled this moment was captured by Getty Images:

at the BODY at ESPYS Event on July 12th at Avalon Hollywood.

And my brother was behind the photographers, catching a bit of that as well.

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I also got a chance to talk to some reporters about trans inclusion in sports. While I was talking, Dwanye Wade, Gabrielle Union, and Greg Louganis all hit the red carpet, which was both awesome and inspired me to hurry up and get out of the way!

Inside the club, huge projections of the Body Issue athletes were around the room, and smaller framed print outs were hung around the entry and the upstairs rooms. It was cool to see everyone’s alternate photos – they were all stunning – and to see all of the people there to celebrate.

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The live entertainment was Bell Biv Devoe, which was a blast from the past. I saw a bunch of people I have admired for years and didn’t talk to any of them, and saw loads of new stars – some I knew and some I didn’t know until watching Sports Center the next day – and didn’t talk to many of them either. Most of the groups of famous people stuck within their group, from what I saw. I was trying to find a balance between being honored and a fan, and decided to play it cool. It was phenomenal people watching!!

In all, it was a great experience. And I learned that there is much for me to learn about other sports since I haven’t watched TV in many, many, many years except for on an occasional plane ride.

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The Body Issue

The online version of my Body Issue feature is up online, and the print issue has different photos. Very excited about all of them – the whole collection, from the video to the behind the scenes photos – is amazing. Photo by Benedict Evans. Grooming by Brandie Hopstein.

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See it all here:

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/page/bodychrismosier/duathlete-chris-mosier-breaking-barriers-repping-team-usa-body-issue-2016

ESPN Coverage

Following the Duathlon World Championship race, ESPN published this:

AVILES, Spain — Chris Mosier of Team USA made sports history Sunday by becoming the first out transgender athlete to compete in an International Triathlon Union championship when he ran and biked in the world duathlon championship.

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VERY COOL!

ESPN: The Body Issue

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Thank you, Lava Magazine

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I am in the June 2016 issue of Lava Magazine!

Screenshot 2016-05-06 22.15.14I am a firm believer of “NEVER READ THE COMMENTS” – but once in a while I get caught, and it’s usually not great. I learned this the hard way, early on in my being in the press. One of the best and biggest breaks for me was being featured in the New York Times in 2011 when I did my first NYC Triathlon race as male, after doing the race as female two years before.

I learned a lot in that interview. I was SO nervous. I didn’t know how to pivot, or how to navigate topics I wasn’t comfortable with. In 2015 I got to talk through it a bit with the author, Fred Dreier, who wrote about me again in The Wall Street Journal. While that was great closure for me, there were a few pieces I’ve carried with me and often discuss from that article as being motivation for me through today.

I often talk about how the article painted me as a “middle of the pack guy” and that didn’t sit well with me. Part of that was my uncertainty of how I would do, and part of that was assumptions from others based on gender stereotypes. That was the inspiration for what came next: getting my coaching certification(s) to learn more about the sport, better training, harder and smarter training, and new dedication to being the best I could be.

That is certainly a big part of my story, but there’s another piece: in 2011 when that article was published, the editor in chief of Lava Magazine at the time, tweeted out my story, saying, “Damn! Can’t believe the NYTimes scooped on this juicy feature (dripping with sarcasm) [LINK TO ARTICLE].”

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Lava Magazine was one of two triathlon-specific magazines that I subscribed to. Triathlon is the sport I love, and overall I have had a wonderful experience with other triathletes and USA Triathlon. This hurt. I brought it up to the writer of my piece, who said he was friends with Brad and that it was a shot at him… but the tweet didn’t name the author. It was just an indication that not all of triathlon was as inclusive as I had experienced.

I had been following Brad, so I saved the screen shot, book marked the tweet, and unfollowed. I have thought about this tweet a lot. So it was amazing to get to speak with Chris Foster a while back and be featured in a story about transgender triathletes in the June 2016 issue of Lava Magazine.

This is to say thank you to Brad Culp, former EIC of Lava Magazine, for not believing in me and for thinking my story was not worthwhile for a major triathlon magazine. There are absolutely no hard feelings; I thought of this as positive inspiration. For the last five years your one tweet has provided endless motivation for me to continue to work hard in both triathlon and trans athlete advocacy, and it is a true honor to get seven pages with two full page photos in the June issue.

 

I have wanted to be in Lava ever since I first subscribed. I am proud to check this off my list!