WNBA star hails breast removal surgery as ‘gender euphoria’ and ‘freedom at last’

Source : Sky Sports

New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon, who identifies as transgender and nonbinary, announced on social media on Friday that they had surgery to remove breast tissue. Clarendon has been generally open about their identity but felt trepidation in sharing news of the operation due to “the amount of hate, myths & ignorance”.

“It’s hard to put into words the feeling of seeing my chest for the first time free of breasts, seeing my chest the way I’ve always seen it, and feeling a sense of gender euphoria as opposed to gender dysphoria. Freedom at last,” Clarendon wrote on Instagram. “I want Trans people to know and see that we’ve always existed & no one can erase us!”

“Layshia’s story is one of inspiration and courage, and as a takeaway from the emotional conversation we shared recently, my hope is that the WNBA’s full support will extend far beyond this league,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “We are so proud that Layshia is part of the WNBA and we know that their voice and continued advocacy will not only support and help honour and uplift many other nonbinary and trans people, but also encourage empathy and understanding for the community across all levels of sport.”

“Existing outside of the binary for me is freedom,” Clarendon wrote. “I’ve learned that my gender just doesn’t fit into these moulds that keep trying to hold it down and box it in. I know that my gender will keep evolving because we change and grow and shape shift and expand. I know that as (nonbinary poet) Andrea Gibson says, my pronouns haven’t even been invented yet.”



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