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AUS: Transgender footy player joins team

Sun 7 Jun 2009 In: International News

Australia's first openly transgender professional football player says "I'm just an ordinary guy who wants to play football, just with slightly different circumstances of how I came to be a guy." 25-year-old Will is set for the all-male Bendigo Football League and tells The Age newspaper he does not want special treatment. Will is spurred on by former Magpies captain Nathan Buckley who told him, "I just think it's tremendously courageous. Everyone should be encouraged to be themselves." Will says he expects to face some prejudice in his first game, particularly if he turns out to be better than some other players. "They'd be thinking, 'God, he doesn't even have a penis and he can kick the ball better than me'," he laughs.    

Credit: Daily News Staff

First published: Sunday, 7th June 2009 - 11:25am

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