Jessica Platt comes out as transgender
It is another first for Canada as on Wednesday hockey player Jessica Platt came out as transgender, which makes her the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
Platt, who plays for the Toronto Fury took to the popular social media platform Instagram to make her announcement, in which she thanked her friends, family and the CWHL for all of their support.
The 28 year old, from Sarnia, is in her first full year with the team, after playing as an alternate last season.
“After a lot of thought, I would like to announce that I am transgender,” Platt posted on Instagram. “I am fortunate enough to be able to live my life as who I am meant to be, as well as follow my passion and play the game I love. … I want people to know you don’t have to quit pursuing your dreams to be the person you were meant to be.”
CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress
“Inclusivity has always been a major strength of our league and with (Wednesday’s) announcement that has only been reaffirmed,” CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress said in a release.
“Jessica’s willingness to share her experience as a transgender woman in professional women’s sports will allow a young person to see new possibilities for their own futures in professional sports,” stated U.S. national team men’s duathlete Chris Mosier in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.
Mosier is president of program development and community relations for You Can Play and has been helping Platt leading up to her going public on Wednesday.
Platt is the second professional hockey player to come out as transgender, following in the footsteps of Harrison Browne who identifies as a male and plays in the National Women’s Hockey League.