Transgender footballer marks first in top Argentina women’s league

Buenos Aires (AFP) – Footballer Mara Gomez introduced Monday she intends to proceed progressing “with none sort of ceiling”, after turning into the primary transgender participant to have taken the sector in a match in Argentina’s girls’s championship.

“Immediately I began and I can imagine that issues are taking place, that they’re succeeding,” stated Gomez, regardless of her group Villa San Carlos’s loss 7-1 towards Lanus, within the second day of first division A. “I’m comfortable to have the ability to play within the girls’s league.”

“It’s not a person conquest, it’s a social, collective query,” the 23-year-old informed AFP.

Gomez was licensed on November 28 to play within the girls’s first division, after an extended battle in a rustic the place the life expectancy for transgender girls is between 32 and 40 years outdated.

The soccer participant stated she signed an settlement with the Argentine Soccer Affiliation, which requires her to endure hormone therapy.

She should additionally undergo testosterone measurements at the beginning and in the course of the championship, to take away any suspicion of an athletic disparity with the opposite gamers.

Argentina led Latin America by passing a gender identification legislation in 2012, which allowed Gomez to formally change her gender on her nationwide identification card when she turned 18.

On Monday, Gomez was given a Lanus jersey along with her quantity, 10 (the identical as Argentine soccer icon Diego Maradona), and her first and final title, as a present.

“It was shifting, I wasn’t anticipating it,” she stated.

Gomez began taking part in soccer at age 15, inspired by neighbors. Within the girls’s league in La Plata, Gomez distinguished herself as a number one aim scorer prior to now two seasons. 

That prompted Villa San Carlos, in final place within the girls’s skilled league, to hunt to recruit her.

Throughout a press convention on Friday, Gomez already anticipated a “historic second on the world stage.”


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