Team USA’s Chris Mosier continues to break barriers for trans athletes | Identify

Team USA’s Chris Mosier continues to break barriers for trans athletes | Identify


In 2016, the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) advised that transgender
athletes can compete without undergoing surgery, making history
in the sports world. The views expressed in this
content are those of the persons featured and do
not necessarily reflect the views of the IOC or any of
their affiliated entities. (CHRIS MOSIER IS THE FIRST
TRANSGENDER ATHLETE (TO REPRESENT TEAM USA
AND WAS AT THE FOREFRONT (OF THIS POLICY CHANGE.
THIS IS HIS STORY.) In 2009, I won my first race as female and realised
how incredibly bad I felt because it was
in the women’s category. I was so uncomfortable
in my own skin that it felt like a challenge just to show up
at the start of a race and have to pull on
a woman’s swimsuit. That was the time that
I started to decide that I would transition and switch categories to male. (IDENTIFY) These are a couple of
the medals that I’ve won since I started racing
competitively. This one right here,
my first-ever triathlon, and I won my division. This is from
the World Championship race that I did in Spain in 2016. I’m really proud of this one, which was first-place male
at the full distance, so a full triathlon, 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run. (TUCSON, ARIZONA) I’ve been a triathlete
for over 30 years. The first time I met Chris
was at the World Duathlon Championships
in Spain last year and, you know, I’d certainly
heard of him, read about him, and admired what he’s done. I particularly admired
his athleticism in Spain after he kicked my butt
pretty solidly there. I’m fortunate, we’re fortunate,
that he’s a triathlete and he’s not only a great guy,
but he’s a great athlete. And USA Triathlon is proud
to have him represent Team USA. (SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA) Chris Mosier is a person who
had sports in his entire life. As a woman, he participated,
he was there, it just was a part of
his identity, just like being a trans man
is part of his identity. He’s an athlete. I delayed my transition
for over a year once I finally understood
who was as a person, because I was terrified that
I was going to lose my ability to participate in sport. (LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND) The IOC’s interest
and involvement with transgender athletes
and their eligibility for sport really is based on consensus meetings
on any subject that’s important to
the health of athletes. Previously, the IOC had
recommended in the guidelines that surgery was needed
for transgender athletes. And naturally,
there’s some concern, because we have
an overarching responsibility to make sure that
all athletes everywhere have a chance to take part
in sport. And so
it’s about participation. But balanced with that
has to be fairness in sport – that’s a fundamental principle
in sport as well. So to balance these two inevitably leads to
some debate, some disagreement.
And there was in the case of the transgender guidelines,
as well. When I made Team USA
in June 2015, I knew I would not be eligible
to compete in the World Championship race
the following year because of the International
Olympic Committee policy and guidelines
on transgender athletes. Which, at that time, stated
that all transgender athletes needed to have
a full lower surgery, including internal
and external modifications. And so I knew,
if I made Team USA, it would be a year of talking
about what’s in my pants. My whole thing was that
I qualified for Team USA just like the rest of the guys
on the team, and I knew that I belonged
at the starting line, representing our country. What it did was position me
as a name and a face to say, “I’m a real athlete
who’s not able to compete “because you’re asking me
to modify my body “in a way that
I don’t want to.” The biggest challenges
that I had were a lack of understanding
from race organisations, and then also, the red tape. Certain race registrations
go by your driver’s license, or had me in the system
already as female, without the ability to
change that. I wanted to make sure that
I was very aware of what the policies were so that no-one could question
the validity of me being there. There was more evidence
available. The experts were saying we should review the guidelines
the IOC had in place, and so it culminated
in November 2015 with another expert panel
meeting on transgender, and this expert panel considered all the evidence
that was available, and after much debate –
and it wasn’t unanimous, but after much debate, the new consensus statement
makes it clear that if medical treatment can
be shown to be effective, then no surgery is required. The opportunity to participate
in sport opens up the opportunity for
individuals to be themselves. The ultimate goal of
USA Triathlon is to be fully inclusive. When you talk about sport,
it’s about commitment, and it’s about people competing
and participating together and respecting each other. And that’s what this speaks to. I think it’s important
because it removes barriers. In the transgender movement
relative to sport, Chris Mosier
has done a great job of getting himself out front,
which is important. That’s how the message
gets out. I think that the story wraps up
for me in actually being there at the starting line,
wearing the Team USA kit, crossing the finish line,
holding the flag. I don’t think that I ever would
have gotten to the level that I’m at now had I continued
to compete as a woman. To be able to transition, and carry his sport with him
in such a strong way, gives hope and gives a role
model to people everywhere that are transgender, and that are working
to meet their dream. This is an opportunity now, where it’s not just me able
to compete internationally, it’s any trans athlete has…
Now has the opportunity to compete at the highest
levels of sport. The more that I can be
out and open and visible and public
about my identity, the better that it is for
trans inclusion in athletics. That’s the most amazing
thing for me.

36 thoughts on “Team USA’s Chris Mosier continues to break barriers for trans athletes | Identify

  1. You can read more about the IOC Guidelines – defined by a team of medical specialists taking all the scientific evidence available into consideration – which includes testosterone level limits here: https://stillmed.olympic.org/Documents/Commissions_PDFfiles/Medical_commission/2015-11_ioc_consensus_meeting_on_sex_reassignment_and_hyperandrogenism-en.pdf

  2. sigh another propaganda video. sorry but trans people shoulndt be athletes theyll be at either a big advantage or a disadvantage…

  3. I am all for being politically correct.. I truly understand the emotion and pain of being a boy knowing you should be a girl. I understand people with Gender issues wanting to compete.. However.. in your mind you are a man (male).. Think of what the Female athlete feels knowing you have an unfair advantage over them because of your male genes.. Rules will change, bathrooms will be built but you are a man (boy) no matter what. God bless you..

  4. PLEASE TELL ME MORE ABOUT TRANS ATHLETES, THAT IS EXACTLY WHY I SUBSCRIBED TO THE OLYMPICS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

  5. Didn't know such a stupid requirement was in place. Glad it has been removed! We need to be helping each other be the best we can be instead of creating barriers.

  6. Honestly makes me want to vomit. just came here to dislike this video. Be proud of who you were born as. Everything happens for a reason so you were born male or female on purpose and you should be proud of that. Trans in sports is either a huge advantage or disadvantage and should be banned

  7. As long as you compete against men, which Chris does, it's all good.
    It seems that transmen play fair while transwomen like Gavin “Laurel” Hubbard, Fallon Fox, Tia Thompson, Christina Ginther use their birth gender to an advantage.
    (The worst is Caster Semenya. She isn't trans, she's a literal man in a woman's body)

  8. did he say fairness that says it all boys with boys girls with girls start another group of games no one will watch why ruin this group of games

  9. I'm so glad to see that there is a man like me in the Olympics 🙂 I know there are quite a lot of popular trans men now, but knowing there is someone in the Olympics like me makes me so happy. I will cheer for him as long as I'm alive!

  10. I'm all for this. I can't wait to see the progressive vs feminist fights after trans women start taking the majority of medals.

  11. A big thanks needs goes out to all transgendered athletes….you made sports meaningless….if ex-men compete against real women the spirit of the competion is meaningless….whats the point?? You want to matter and win so bad that you are willing to set aside all common sense…

  12. I used to call myself NAPOLEON and I dressed in period costumes; they locked me up. Lately I call myself JOSEPHINE; they compliment my dress and makeup. Who's crazy now?

  13. 0.20 look at the stars on the wall they have been put there intentionally for this piece.. This is Freemasonry, all world leaders / politicians etc are third gender masons..

  14. Wait a second. A men that identifies as women wants to participate in a sport against other men and is not allowed without some surgery? That is messed up. Let him/her compete. I don't think any men in that competition would mind.

  15. I guess I don't understand..if u want to transition why wouldn't I want to completely transition top and bottom? He said he didn't want to modify his lower but why not? That's confusing to me..how can I feel like a whole man with woman parts still?

  16. There's no problem for me with trans males competing with cis men. The trans male is obliged to move up a gear in order to be able to compete with cis men because their starting point would've been the inherent physical disadvantage (in sporting terms) of a female body.

  17. Are the other athletes allowed to artificially boost their testosterone, or is that privilege reserved for the trans men?

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