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Longtime ESPN Reporter Comes Out as Transgender

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A longtime ESPN reporter, who has been covering sports for over twenty years has come out as transgender.

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The world is changing, and thankfully, as a society, we are becoming more accepting and inclusive of those who identify as LGBTQ+

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Now, over the last decade, there has been a huge increase in people seeking treatment at gender identity services. The majority are teens suffering from gender dysphoria.

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What exactly is gender dysphoria?

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Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person’s s*x and the gender with which he or she identifies.

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People with gender dysphoria experience high levels of discomfort with their own bodies, and they often report feeling as if it isn’t their own.

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This could mean they align more with being male, female, or even neither.

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The number of people identifying as non-binary has been rising steadily throughout the last few years.

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‘Non-binary’ is the term used by people who don’t identify as male or female.

And there are a number of high-profile celebrities that have come out as such.

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Demi Lovato.

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Demi came out in 2021 on Instagram saying: “I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and still am discovering,” as per Seventeen.

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Sam Smith.

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“I don’t know what the title would be, but I feel just as much a woman as I am man,” they said, as per the news outlet.

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Ruby Rose.

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The sensational Ruby Rose announced that they were gender fluid way back in 2014: “I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up everyday sort of gender-neutral,” they said, as per Seventeen.

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Olly Alexander.

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“I feel very non-binary, and you know, I identify as gay and queer and non-binary,” they said in 2016.

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Amandla Stenberg.

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The stunning Stenberg came out as non-binary in 2016.

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Miley Cyrus.

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In a 2015 interview, the celeb said that they are gender fluid: “I’m just equal. I’m just even. It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It’s literally just how I feel,” they said.

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Bob The Drag Queen.

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As per PopBuzz, the star tweeted “For the record I identify as Pansexual and non-binary,” in 2019.

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Indya Moore.

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“I’m non-binary, femme, Agender feels fitting too. My pronouns: they/them/theirs. I correct people often. At times they ignore me & I tolerate it to avoid conflict/irritation but it’s upsetting to feel like I’m ‘too much’ in a world that takes so much from trans people constantly,” they said in a tweet that has since been deleted.

And that’s just to name a few.

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Historically, people — transgender people included — are either male or female.

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But recently, some are insisting that they don’t quite fit into the categories of ‘man’ or ‘woman’, or ‘male’ or ‘female’, and thus identify as ‘non-binary.’

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For a long time, we’ve lived in a world with people who identify themselves as either male or female…

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The idea that there are only 2 genders is sometimes called a ‘gender binary,’ because binary means ‘having 2 parts.’

But now, as things are changing, people use ‘non-binary’ to describe genders that don’t fall into one of these 2 categories, male or female.

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That isn’t all, either.

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On top of people identifying as ‘non-binary,’ some people have been claiming that ‘male’ and ‘female’ are not the only genders out there.

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Despite our physical anatomy…

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They believe that there are over a hundred genders in which a person can identify.

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There’s no doubt that there’s an increasing fluidity when it comes to some people’s gender identity…

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And there are countless organizations around the world that work hard together purely to support people struggling with their gender identity, including the transgender community.

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Now, the most famous celebrity to have come out as transgender is without a doubt, Caitlyn Jenner.

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We all know who she is!

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It seems she’s helped others in the spotlight be true to themselves…

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And share who they really are with the world.

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As long-time ESPN reporter M.A. Voepel has recently come out as transgender, revealing he’s transitioning to male.

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Voepel opened up about his decision, sharing that he wants to show up as his “authentic self” when he receives the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Gowdy Award next month.

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The reporter announced in a series of tweets on Tuesday: “I’m transitioning to male.”

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“Fear can keep us paralyzed for decades, especially when we think we will lose all that is dear to us, including career,” Voepel said.

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“At some point, you realize you need to have faith that your happiness/well-being is worth pursuing, and also have faith in other people’s kindness and grace.

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Voepel added: “Grateful for a company that supports all of its employees, for terrific family and friends, and for societal progress.

“Please feel free to call me Voepel, MV, Michael, Mike; I’m good with them all.”

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“I may look and sound a little different,” he continued.

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“Glad to be who I’ve always been inside. Dedication to covering women’s sports, a lifelong joy as well as job, and admiration for all involved — players, coaches, execs, fans, referees, colleagues — that stays exactly the same. Thanks!”

You can see his full tweet here.

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