Trans volleyball player will compete at the Olympics 2020


Tia Thompson, 32, had been playing in the men’s division of USA Volleyball. But she identifies as a woman and this year she finally received a permission to join the female team, and now her goal is to be an Olympian. “It took me three years to finally get approved with all the transitioning and hormone therapy and submitting all my paperwork to the Gender Committee,” the player told NBC. Trans players in the women’s league are required by USAV to be on hormones for no less than a year and they also have to receive the new ID which woukld legally confirm their new gender. Thompson will play in the Haili Volleyball Tournament in Hawaii later in March.
The tournament will mark the first time she plays in the women’s league, and she will make history as the first trans player there. Not everybody welcomed Thomson’s decision to play in the women’s league, arguing that she will have an unfair advantage. But she has her heart set on competing in women’s volleyball at the 2020 Olympics. “By me coming out and opening the doors, it will get more accepted,” Thompson said.


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