The history of trans people in sports goes back for at least the better part of a century. On today’s Trans Day of Visibility, we wanted to highlight the names and accomplishments of just some of the trans people who are currently in sports, whether they are an athlete, coach, official or member of the sports media.
This list of trans people in sports isn’t by any means entirely comprehensive. There are countless trans people playing, coaching and writing about sports. There are also incredible trailblazers — like Renee Richards, Fallon Fox, Kye Allums, Jazz Jennings and Harrison Browne — who are no longer focusing on their career in sports but who have also blazed a trail for trans equality, along with these 19 inspiring people below.
The list also includes a wide range of gender identity, including those who identify as trans, transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary and other identities along the spectrum.
We encourage you to click on the links of their names and explore the inspirational lives and careers of these trans people in sports.
A multisport high school coach in rural Rhode Island, Alexander now lives and works in the same town where he was a successful high school athlete. He’s changing how residents in this quiet corner of New England view trans people.
The Harvard swimmer was profiled on 60 Minutes on CBS, bringing the issue of trans athletes into homes across America.
Beggs is a high school wrestling state champion in Texas who drew national attention earlier this year. He was forced by state policy to wrestle against girls and is now fighting for the right to wrestle in high school as a boy.
The high school runner in New Jersey opened up his life to ESPN cameras last year. The result was a powerful look into the life and transition of a trans athlete.
The weightlifter from New Zealand won a big international competition earlier this month. In part because she had previously competed at lower levels against men, her presence in the sport has riled some.
The high school sophomore said “all of the kids and coaches have been very supportive” in her rural New Hampshire town.
The college rugby player has helped his Quinnipiac Univ. women’s rugby team to great success in recent seasons.
Kahrl not only was an editor at Baseball Prospectus, but she is now a baseball editor at ESPN. She has been vocal on trans issues locally in Chicago and across the country.
Janae Marie Kroc
The bodybuilder and weightlifter opened eyes when she transitioned publicly. A successful bodybuilder as a man, she is now continuing her career as a woman.
The standout center for the Mission College women’s basketball team in California has been the team’s assistant coach for several years.
The founder of transathlete.com, Mosier is a world-class triathlete, earning trips to the World Duathlon Championship in both 2016 and 2017. His success pushed the International Olympic Committee to adjust its trans policy toward inclusivity.
Neal has been a sports writer for Outsports, SB Nation and Yardbarker. She famously wrote about her experiences as a trans person at Oakland Athletics games.
The incredibly successful swimmer at the Univ. of Michigan set school and Big Ten conference records and earned all-American honors at the NCAA Championship this season.
The member of the Samoan Men’s National team was the first publicly out transgender person to compete in a men’s FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Shostak is a volleyball official in Edmonton who has officiated various levels of competition and served on numerous boards in the sport.
The volleyball player recently earned the right to compete as a woman in USA Volleyball
Natalie van Gogh
Van Gogh is a Dutch professional racing cyclist currently on the Parkhotel Valkenburg Continental Team.
A high school runner, Wangyot last year qualified for and competed in the Alaska state meet.