Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Hermaphrodite Pro Footballer???

An Aussie Rules football fan is looking to become the first transsexual to play the competitive sport, according to an article in Sunday's edition of The Age.

Will, who asked not to use his last name, told The Age writer Jill Stark, "I'm just an ordinary guy who wants to play football, just with slightly different circumstances of how I came to be a guy."

The 25-year-old had a sex change two years ago and has had a double mastectomy. He takes hormones to induce body hair growth and to lower his voice. The article stated that Will "does not feel the technology is advanced enough to create a functioning penis."

The Australian would-be footballer has gained the support of Victorian Country Football League's president Glenn Scott, who told Will that in order to play he would need to legally change his birth certificate to reflect his male sex, but that otherwise his attempt, if successful, would be allowed.

A former Australian football captain, Nathan Buckley, told the publication he had been moved by a "touching" letter from Will asking for support. "I just think it's tremendously courageous. Everyone should be encouraged to be themselves."

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