Student Athlete Discusses Disclosing his Gender Identity to Family, Friends and Teammates
May 8, 2013 by Eric Cameron, Digital Media Coordinator
Taylor Edelmann, a senior captain of the Purchase College volleyball team in Purchase, NY, is helping blaze a similar trail for transgender student athletes.
In a new USA Today profile, Edelmann talks about how his gender identity didn’t match the female body he was born with, and how volleyball provided an outlet to channel his frustrations:
"It was something consistent every single day, that even if the day was awful and I felt uncomfortable, it was something I pretty much had complete control over. I could kind of put all my stress into my body and getting better at the game."
After playing a semester of women’s volleyball at Purchase, Edelmann disclosed his true gender identity to his friends, family and administrators, began hormone therapy, and made a smooth transition to the men’s volleyball team. He was voted co-captain for his senior year.
Check out the complete profile here.
You can find HRC’s Transgender Visibility Guide – a resource with advice on disclosing your gender identity to family and friends – as well as a host of other transgender healthcare, parenting, and employment guides here.
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