Jessica Platt (center) playing for Toronto Furies (Photo: @jplatt32 | Instagram)
A Canadian Women’s Hockey League player has revealed that she is trans.
Jessica Platt plays for Toronto Furies. She played four games as an alternate in the 2016-2017 season, before joining for her first full season in 2017.
In an Instagram posting yesterday, the 28-year-old revealed she is transgender:
‘After a lot of thought I would like to announce that I am transgender. 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.
‘With the support of my family, friends, the CHWL and the Toronto Furies I am able to live my dream while being true to myself. I hope that others will be as fortunate as I am, now and in the future. I want people to know you don’t have to quit pursuing your dreams to be the person you were meant to be.’
In an accompanying message she said, ‘I hope that I can inspire others to live their lives true to who they are and to never give up on their dreams.’
Hockey league responds: ‘Inclusivity has always been a major strength of our league’
To tie in with her announcement, CHWL issued a statement of support.
‘Inclusivity has always been a major strength of our league and with today’s announcement that has only been reaffirmed,’ said CWHL commissioner Brenda Andress.
‘We support all those involved with our league and that support is provided regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.’
The CHWL was formed 11 years ago and features seven clubs.
Platt heralds from Sarnia, Ontario – around 180 miles west of Toronto. She told ESPN that, assigned male at birth, she began to question her gender identity in high school. She began her transition in 2012.
‘I’m hoping I can help other trans people and trans athletes know that they can achieve their dreams. Even if one person is inspired or helped, then I feel like I succeeded at something.’