First Pro Trans Athlete Faces A Crossroads After Coming Out Publicly | Identify


(IN 2016, THE INTERNATIONAL
OLYMPIC COMMITTEE RULED (THAT TRANSGENDER ATHLETES
COULD COMPETE (WITHOUT UNDERGOING SURGERY.) (THIS POLICY MADE HISTORY IN
THE SPORTS WORLD, WELCOMING (A NEW GENERATION OF ATHLETES
INTO THE OLYMPIC FAMILY.) (HARRISON BROWNE IS THE FIRST
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE (IN TEAM SPORTS IN
NORTH AMERICA (TO COME OUT PUBLICLY
AS TRANSGENDER.) (HE HAS RECENTLY DECIDED TO
BEGIN HIS MEDICAL TRANSITION, (MAKING THIS HIS LAST YEAR IN
WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY (DUE TO REGULATIONS AGAINST
THE USE OF HORMONE THERAPY.) (THIS IS HIS STORY.) I think everybody
goes through a tough time trying to figure out
where you fit in. You just go through
a lot of confusion, you go through a lot of anger,
just trying to figure out why you feel so different. I get misgendered, I get
placed into society as a woman. So just kind of when
that became too much, I needed to tell people. (IDENTIFY) So the typical hockey story
of most people that I grew up playing with, they started
playing when they were four or five, and I
started when I was nine. So I think that that really
did light the fire under me and give me the drive to be
the player that I am now. I’m Harrison Browne. I play for the Buffalo
Beauts for the NWHL. The NWHL is the National
Women’s Hockey League. It’s been two years
since its birth. There’s about 70 or so players. It’s a paid
professional women’s league. It’s the first of its
kind, and it’s given so many opportunities,
from playing overseas to meeting lifelong friends. The making of the
NWHL was huge for me. I thought that I was
gonna hang up my skates once I was done college. And then when my
senior year came around, I got news that there was
this new league out that paid players,
gave them equipment. And I thought, wow, that’s a
really good opportunity for me. I would definitely love
to be a part of that. So I went to the tryouts,
I applied for the teams, and eventually
I made one, thankfully. Harrison is a very
gritty, hardworking, determined player. He works so hard. He’s got such great work ethic,
and he’s such a team player. He’s physical out there,
just for his size. We go up against
each other, and you know, I’m six feet and he’s
a lot shorter than me, but he’s very
tough and very strong. I’m probably the
lightest person on my team, so I really do have to make up
for that with my physicality. I play a lot bigger than I am,
and I think that that’s really given me the
success that I’ve had. Everything that I’d
been through as a kid, it had been through
a single-sex environment. I’d been to an
all-girls’ school, I played on all-girls’ teams. I definitely had
those aspirations to be an Olympic athlete. I made a small step
towards that by making my under-18 team. This is my under-18
national team picture. So we competed in
2011 in Sweden. And that one’s me
with the grimacing face and the long hair. That was just me
being me at the time, and I was just really happy
to represent my country and to wear those colours. I think the most difficult part
of coming out as transgender was the fact that I had to
come out all over again. I had initially come
out as gay to my family, my friends and everything,
and it was just kind of going through
that process again. It was definitely a
learning curve for most people, but they genuinely
wanted to learn. It was just a growing process that we all went
through together. – Hello.
– Hey. What are you
making, stir-fry? – Stir-fry, yeah.
– It’s so beautiful out. I know. Should we go for
a walk at least? Yeah, well, I can try and run. Frantically
texting Carly right now. She had to go back
to get a jacket. So fingers crossed
she makes the flight! Wait, are you guys
going for a walk? Can I come? I think the culture of
a hockey team is family. The closest
friends that I have, the friends that I’m gonna keep
for life are my hockey friends. You’re around
these people 24/7. You go through your
ups and downs together. I don’t know
exactly what it is. It might be the dressing room,
might be the excitement and the fight and drive on the ice
that brings people together, but there’s just something
special about hockey that I found that was so much
different than other sports that I’ve participated in
that I was so drawn to. We were saying earlier
today we’re like a family. Us three in the house,
he’s like our little brother. This is where I run,
kind of a cool neighbourhood. You run? – I’ve run here once.
– When? “This is where
I run…once.” One time! ‘Soon as I met Harrison,
he kind of came out to me, ‘and I just, like,
OK, that’s awesome. ‘Like you wanna be
who you are, you know, ‘there’s no problem with that. ‘We don’t really care
what you look like, ‘who you like, who you wanna
be, just you’re a team-mate. ‘We love you,
we care about you, ‘and we just wanna
have fun together.’ OK, stop here,
let’s race, let’s race. – Start here.
– Go. Did Carly get on the plane? – Yeah.
– Carly’s on the plane. What time do you
have to pick her up at? I have to pick her up at 5:45. What time is it? It’s 4:20. Ooh! My girlfriend Carly,
she’s from Chicago. So she came down to visit one
of my team-mates last year that was on the
Buffalo Beauts. And I just knew that she was
definitely someone that I was very attracted to, and
that I connected with. He’s very
sensitive and emotional, and not in a way that
everybody gets to see. In a way that I think his
closest friends and those he loves and lets into his
circle really grasp onto. She’s been so supportive. She’s been my rock
through this whole thing. She was definitely one of
the people that pushed me to really come out, to be
like you can do this, like, you should do this. Are you guys excited
to watch the last game? Just sad that
it’s your last one. I know. How many games have
you been to, Jules? I think I’ve been to almost
every home game this year, except for, like, one. Super fan, super fan! She’s a puck buddy! No, I’m ready to… Oh, can’t wait to play
my favourite player! Oh, goodness. I don’t know who did it, hit
her right in the head. I could see she was yelling, but I couldn’t hear
what she was saying. It was hilarious. We need this big meal
so we can win tomorrow. – Hell yeah.
– Fuel for the win. It’s warm out here! – It’s warm?
– Yeah. Yeah, this ice is weird. It’s so watery! ALL: Whoa! I took a slap-shot,
it broke right in half! – Did it actually?
– Yeah! You have to start concentrating when you guys are
out on the ice here. It starts here,
and it carries over, and you guys have
done that all year long. What makes hockey so unique is
that it’s the most inclusive, welcoming,
supportive environment, both on the ice
and off the ice. You play and you
love the sport, you’re welcomed with open arms. After you take your shot,
I want you to curl back to where you start,
I want a little pass. This is Craig’s
first year in the NWHL. He’s been amazing after
learning about the fact that I’m transgender. When he addresses the
team, sometimes he says, “Ladies,” but he’ll
look at me and say, “..and gentlemen.” So he really goes out of his
way to make me feel included, and it’s definitely something
that is really appreciated. His goals will be determined
by how he wants to end, I guess, this story with the
Buffalo Beauts and the NWHL. When Harrison
came out publically, he had the full support of
the players and the league and the management
and the fans. I think it’s
been well received, and he’s been a fantastic
ambassador for what he’s doing. I have top surgery
scheduled in June. I will violate rules if
I undergo hormone therapy, so my time playing
as a woman’s athlete, as a female
athlete will be done. I decided to create
a YouTube channel because I’ve had a lot of
news outlets share my story, and I didn’t get to
tell it my way. This is me talking, me sharing. It can’t be misrepresented. And I’m using this as
kind of a learning tool, and kind of a way for me
to get things off my chest. Social media has
changed my life a lot, definitely has given me
people to reach out to. And the fact that now I’m that
beacon of hope that somebody was for me, I think
that that’s great, and I feel a huge honour. I have a great support
system with my friends, my girlfriend, my sister. Yesterday I had kind of
a talk with my parents, and it didn’t go well at all. So… The fact that he is so willing
to speak on behalf of the transgender community
when we have so many people that are not opening
their eyes to what it’s like to walk in somebody
like Harrison’s shoes just goes to show that
he’s creating a movement. People need to understand
that there ARE struggles, there ARE obstacles,
and you need the support, and you need your team-mates,
you need your friends, you need your family. This was given to me last week. A fan put this over the glass. I got that in Boston. So every time I go to
Boston, he’s in the crowd. So he’s a fan of
the Boston Pride, which is the
team out of Boston, but I think he’s a
fan of me as well. I get a lot of messages
from trans people and people of
the LGBT community. So somebody’s just
said, “Harrison, “I just wanna tell
you because of you, “I now see I don’t have to give
up my passion to be myself. “I look to you as a role model “and hope to achieve what
you have done someday.” That’s somebody that’s been
going through something that I’ve been going through,
and that I was able to be the person that I needed
when I was younger. It’s really a cool
feeling to be that person. “I hope this reaches the
actual athlete Harrison Browne. “You’re an inspiration to
more people than you know. “Thank you for being
you, you are loved.” Signed – “a modern day parent”. If I can help save one
life, that’s amazing. I feel like something
we are really bad at is making reservations. I just always forget to do it. I know, forget there’s
other people in the world. You’re like, “Wait, so
there’s no availability?” ‘I’ve been playing hockey
since I’ve been nine years old. ‘It’s been my life. ‘So it’s definitely surreal ‘that this is
my last year playing, ‘this is my last year
being a professional athlete.’ How do you think you’re gonna
feel about not playing hockey? I don’t know,
it’ll be weird. I’m excited to start
a whole new chapter. Would you join
a men’s beer league? Yeah! Oh, that’s so weird! Why? I’ve never seen you play
with guys, so it’s… Yes, I’m gonna play
like beer league, but, like, no games are ever
gonna be as meaningful as like what they are now, you know? It’s not gonna be talking in
a dressing room like, “We have to win this game!” I think you’ll be
fulfilled in other areas. And you don’t know
what those will be yet, but you will. You want to look in the mirror and see the person
that’s inside reflecting. This is something that I’m
jumping in with both feet. I’m not looking back at all. If I would’ve made the choice
to physically transition before this stage,
I would’ve felt unfulfilled. Playing hockey, he’s done
it since he was little. It’s all he’s known. You can’t really
take that away. It’s really
ingrained in your bones. It’s definitely a
closing of a chapter, but I’m excited
for the next steps, and I just really
wanna go out with a bang. An unbelievable
shocking upset in Lowell, Massachusetts! The Buffalo Beauts have
toppled the Boston Pride, and they take the Isobel Cup
by a final score of 3-2! I have accomplished
what I want to accomplish, so I feel I’m at peace
and I’m ready to move on.

95 thoughts on “First Pro Trans Athlete Faces A Crossroads After Coming Out Publicly | Identify

  1. You can read more about the IOC Guidelines – defined by a team of medical specialists taking all the scientific evidence available into consideration – which includes testosterone level limits here: https://stillmed.olympic.org/Documents/Commissions_PDFfiles/Medical_commission/2015-11_ioc_consensus_meeting_on_sex_reassignment_and_hyperandrogenism-en.pdf

  2. What is happening right here is a shame. For how long will we allow the promoting of people with mental disorders? The Olympics are becoming a joke.

  3. Почему принципиально важно участие с мужчинами? Он может достичь успехов и среди женской команды, получая поддержку окружающих. Тенденция приводит к размыванию границы участников мужчин и женщин.

  4. I'm sorry but if a guy who claims he is a girl can win a girls national title in wrestling, she shouldn't be allowed to play womens hockey. If she's a "guy".

  5. The only redeeming quality about this video is that the description taught me that the plural form of the word taboo is tabus.

  6. Does this mean that If I have a man's body but a woman's brain I can compete with women? seems a bit unfair

  7. Ehm? Olympic? Is everything OK? We want more old-fashioned videos, about sport, not about personal life.

  8. My comment refers to genetic males competing as females, so not the case in this video. The IOC allows genetic males to compete as female if their testosterone is below 10nmol/L. This is roughly 3 times the upper limit for the testosterone level of a genetic female without an endocrine disorder. In fact, if a genetic female showed a level of 10nmol/L, she would be flagged for doping. Why is this level acceptable for genetic males competing as females then?

  9. Vayanse a la verga. Biológicamente, el hombre es mas fuerte que una mujer, esto pone en desventaja a las competencias entre mujeres, esto no es igualdad, esto es un sometimiento a las mujeres. Que pasa con las feromonas? si una mujer tiene pocas feromonas, podrá competir en un equipo junto a hombres, contra hombres?
    El tema no son las hormonas.

  10. Biologically, the man is stronger than a woman, this puts in disadvantage to the
    competitions between women, this is not equality, this is a subjection
    to the women.
    What about pheromones? If a woman has few pheromones, can she compete in a team with men, against men?
    The topic is not the hormones.

  11. I'm so proud of him! Coming out publicly as a trans athlete takes so much courage! I hope he continues to be successful.

  12. It's very important that you know the sport of ice hockey before you tell people like Harrison in which leagues he should play. Female ice hockey is very different from male ice hockey. Females DO have a physical disadvantage compared to men. It's a fact. And Harrison has always learned to play in a women's league, where body checks are illegal. He's never learned to hit and take hits, and because of his female body, it is potentially dangerous for him to play in a men's league.

  13. Harrison I admire you so much for publically sharing your story with us. I am sad for you that you cant continue playing hockey professionally when you love it so much. But like Carly said in this video – hopefully you will be fulfilled in other areas of your life so it makes the sacrifice worth it!!!

  14. Honestly my dude I watched the Isobel Cup game and like…. I was in actual tears when the Beauts won. Either way, Harrison was gonna retire as a champion, but this was like…. an especially wonderful moment. And shout out to the league for walking the walk and actually supporting out players!

  15. I'm glad he's sharing his story, he's such an inspiration and it's great to see something positive with all the negativity that people like to throw around.

  16. I'm ambivalent about what defines his athletic classification within the sport and the Olympic POV regarding this issue, (I don't know enough about it admittedly) but regardless, this is an inspiring and brave young man. As a parent, it made me cry to think that his parents are not behind him 100%. That's what I took away from this. I hope they are or will be working things out between them, because the parents are missing out on a truly exceptional and wonderful person and they should be proud to call him their own. It warms my heart though that Harrison is surrounded by a close circle of loving friends and girlfriend who also are a surrogate family. And his girlfriend, Carly: a beautiful, smart delight and a KEEPER!

  17. People need to realize that Harrison never was on testosterone and never physically transitioned whilst playing with women, he had no advantage over them that wasn't skill.

  18. I think being transgender when your'e not a professionnal player is not a problem but when you are, it's complicated. I mean, he is a guy but he plays with women its a bit awkward ( sorry if its not a good adjective i'm french)

  19. Harrison… I gotta start this on a bad foot. I'm a Browns fan so I automatically hate the name "Harrison" (because of the squeelers linebacker)

    On a positive side, just wait till you start taking hormones. If you're good enough to be on an American women's team which is so much smaller than the NHL, you'll surely get into the NHL with the boost testosterone gives. I'm excited to see what happens in your future!

  20. I am the beacon of hope, I can tell my story, me sharing me talking. Jesus christ! Can you be any more self-absorbed. Has it never occured to you that others go through hard times too. ? Others who are not transgender.?

  21. I will give the league credit for at least not allowing this women to be hopped up on testosterone and still compete. Other leagues, including high school let them take testosterone, which isn't fair.

  22. This is beyond bias as bias can get, in the other identify videos what u label yourself is what gender team you're on, so how is it fair if this girl who says she's a guy is playing on a girls team? And the guy who labeled himself a girl plays in a girls team? HOW IS THIS FAR MIGHT AS WELL ANY GUY JUST CLAIMS TO BE A GIRL JUST TO WIN BEST OLMPIAD. THE SAME PEOPLE WHO WANT TRANSGENDER RIGHT ARE THOSE WHO WANTS EQUALITY, DUDE WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS. n those who think I'm a hater, nope, I actually want justice for the other non transgender players who feel this is totally unfair.

  23. If shes a "he" and accepted as a "he" then "HE" should not be playing on a womans team. "He" would not make any mens team because "he" would not survive the checks in a MENs league

  24. He is male. Yes a guy. He shouldn’t complete with women. Watch the story of the transgender ncaa swimmer at Harvard. He gave up his career as a female swimmer because he was a man. He now completes with the men. That’s a real man.

  25. To clarify, if he isn’t transitioning with drugs, then he can compete with the women. So yes if he isn’t on drugs he can compete with the women.

  26. I’m confused… if she wants to be a guy… why is she playing with girls? Shouldn’t she be trying to make the guys teams?

  27. ich bin selbst seit über 10 jahren trans und wünsche dir viel erfolg in einer hockey mannschaft. schade ist deine provi karriere zu ende

  28. Is it allowed a transgender man to play in a women league? IN the deepest of my ignorance, I thought it was not allowed, just men against men (Cis or Trans) and the same case of women.

  29. Alfred Neuman
    6 hours ago
    The Left has, once again, painted itself into a corner. In short, men and women are not equal.

  30. So u gonna turn into a boy, but play in a girls league 😂😂😂😂😂 I guess it couldn’t hang w the real men.

  31. I just don't get it. He, he, he, his, him… It's a woman's face and voice. i would be slipping all the time. If they look like what they say they are, it's easier. If they don't, it's near impossible.

  32. Huh?!
    I don't get it, she identifies as a he, and this "he" still is able to compete on a woman's team?!😣
    Why? Cause he can't get on a men's team. Why have a woman's hockey team if you are addressing them as ladies and gentlemen?!😮🔩⚾

  33. OK I'm confused. A she that identifies as a man but plays on a woman's hockey team? Shouldn't "he" play on a men's hockey team? Or is playing on the men's team to much to deal with? Or is "he" realy a woman that is rightly placed on the woman's team because she is a woman? I'm confused, either your a man or a woman. Men beat up men on the ice and woman beat up woman on the ice! It's gotta be one way or the other. Just saying. He is striving to win the Isabel cup? No desire to take the Stanley Cup?

  34. Отличная вдохновляющая история! Надеюсь, что у него все получится.

    Thanks!

  35. quick pushing your agenda on everyone else. be who you want to be but dont force everyone else to play along with your delusions

  36. it’s sad to see that there are still so many transphobic people in this world.
    i have a messages fore harrison and other people who are struggling with their gender or sexual identity (or cis people who have a hard time):
    just be yourself and don’t let other people get to you down, every time someone makes a mean comment, just feel sorry for them that they probably have a low self esteem and trying to get that up by bringing yours down. please just know that you’re a strong and beautiful person. you can do so many beautiful things. don’t let anybody destroy that.
    if you are thinking of suicide or harming yourself, please contact a local help line or tell someone you trust. there are to many people who died because other people were horrible.
    hope you are having a nice day. : )

  37. I look up to Harrison and Carey Price so much, I’m trans and Native. My home town is a 6 hour drive from where Carey is from and he encourages Native youth to play and I juts look up to these wonderful men so much❤️

  38. Some of the commentators are either bitter or jumped to conclusions from the title and didn't watch the video. He wasn't taking T or any hormones at the time, so it's not like those advantages were there. At the time of this documentary, he states he is planning to make a physical transition, and therefore stepping down from the league to the honor their rules. He never complained that the rules were unfair, just that he'll miss the sport and his teammates which is very reasonable, but also excited to live more authentically as himself and finds other ways to fulfill life.

  39. Women play with women men play with men confused people play with confused people stop shoving your perverted and twisted agenda down people's throats or play golf or something

  40. Trans women want to compete with the women. Trans men want …. to compete with the women. Sounds like an excuse to gain unfair advantage!

  41. She she she she she she she she she she she she she she she she she she she she she she…..for all the times they said he

  42. One sided hypocrisy. I'd like to identify as a man but playing with them… mmmh? Maybe not a good idea.
    On the other hand a man who identifies and wants to play against women is over the moon knowing he has an advantage

  43. Should be all good to join the mens hockey team then. It is all a bit convenient that men transitioning to women join female sports and surprisingly win everything, so if you are a male you gotta join the mens team….

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