ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue will make history this year by releasing an issue that promotes transgender awareness. The magazine issue features its first transgender athlete and serves as a celebration of amazing bodies. Through the issue, ESPN not only highlights on body issue problems but also the need for transgender awareness. A recent article by The Huffington Post discusses the issue and ESPNs incorruption of transgender awareness by including Team USA’s Chris Mosier, a transgender athlete.
ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue puts the spotlight on a selection of athletes of all shapes and sizes who strip down for tastefully-shot nude photo spreads each year. In a June press release, ESPN official representatives announced the eighth edition of the Body Issue would include Chris Mosier. Mosier competed in the run-bike-run race at the 2015 International Triathlon Union world duathlon championship.
Chris Mosier’s Story on Transgender Awareness
Mosier, said that he began questioning his gender identity at age 4. He stated that he was incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be included in the magazine and believes the photoshoot will be a great opportunity to push his own boundaries. Through his participation, Mosier is promoting transgender awareness and revealing the constant battles transgender individuals go through.
“Even two years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined I would have the courage or desire to do the Body Issue. But I’m more and more comfortable and confident every day, and I finally feel at home in my body. I love my body. It took a long time for me to get to a point where I could say that, so I’m happy to be in a place where I can share that with the world.”
This wasn’t the first boundary Mosier has overcome. In 2015, he became the first transgender athlete to make a U.S. national team. He successfully pushed for the International Olympic Committee to be more inclusive of transgender athletes, and has been an outspoken critic of North Carolina’s House Bill 2—which prohibits transgender people from using public restrooms which best correspond with their gender identity.
ESPN states that each year athletes allow themselves to be completely vulnerable with this issue, not just in their photographs but in their interviews. ESPN finds it is an honor to tell their story, and think it’s an important part of history to help promote transgender awareness.