Jessica Platt, playing forward for the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, has come out as a transgender woman.
The 28-year-old is the second hockey player to come out as transgender, following the footsteps of Harrison Browne of the National Women’s Hockey League who announced in October 2006 that he identifies as a man even if he was born female.
Platt took to her Instagram to post her announcement.
“After a lot of thought, I would like to announce that I am transgender,” she wrote. “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.”
She said that with her announcement, she hopes that people who are in the same boat as her don’t have to quit pursuing their dreams and for being who they really are. Platt then thanked her teammates and the coaching staff of the Furies for giving her strength to come out.
Talking to ESPN, Platt said that even if she only reached out with one person who in turn gets inspired to also accept his or her own self, “then I feel like I succeeded at something.”
In recent years, more and more athletes have confessed to being transgender. There was Tiffany Abreu, the volleyball player from Brazil, Laurel Hubbard, a weight lifter from New Zealand, Hannah Mouncey, football player from Australia and Tia Thompson, another volleyball player from the US.
Chris Mosier, vice president of You Can Play, a non-profit organization that is working with professional leagues to be more accepting of the LGBTQ community, was apparently instrumental with convincing Platt into coming out.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Mosier said that Platt’s courage to share her experience “will allow a young person to see new possibilities for their own futures in professional sports.”