This has been an especially challenging time for the transgender community, particularly for our out athletes. Trans girls and women have been targeted, misgendered, mistreated and worse. And trans boys and men have not been exempt from hate.
In response to the growing and unprecedented level of anti-transgender venom that has spread all around the world, Outsports partnered with NCLR — The National Center for Lesbian Rights — to introduce a new set of awards, to salute the perseverance of trans athletes, and call attention to their inspiring decision to soldier on, and reach for the stars. We call them The Outsports Triumph Awards.
There are seven awards in all, and each one recognizes and pays tribute to the bravest of the brave, culminating in a special honor for one out transgender sports legend on the Trans Day of Visibility.
Although we typically announce awards in December, when the year winds to a close, we announced a new winner every day for the last week of March. Some names you know; others are only now making a name for themselves in LGBTQ sports. They are young, old and in between, and each one identifies as trans.
My colleagues and fellow editors at Outsports worked together to narrow down the many possibilities to find winners in seven categories: Pro athletes, Student-athletes, Coaches, Crusaders, Journalists, Ringleaders and Pioneers.
And as we did so, we recognized that every out transgender athlete is worthy of tribute, to recognize their triumph, their achievements and how they have made a difference in the world of LGBTQ sports. So, we share with you the list below. Each name, and the ones that will follow, belongs to an individual who bears witness to the Outsports motto, Courage Is Contagious.
Now that the seven winners have been announced, we invite you to scroll through an alphabetical list of other transgender heroes — athletes, coaches, activists, advocates, attorneys, journalists and trailblazers. Each one is a superstar in their own right. Please join us in honoring their triumph over adversity, and their work toward inclusion of all athletes.
Who would you select from this list? Did we miss someone? We welcome your suggestions in the comments section below!