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Dec 19, 2007 Quickie Link: The Story of Transgender Athlete Renee Richards
By vanrozenheim

Imagine waking up every day and feeling like you were in the wrong body. Imagine the frustration and angst it would cause to know that although you felt like a human being, those around you didn't treat you that way. Imagine spending a lifetime trying to excel at a sport only to be told that physically you were unable to compete because an unprecedented gender policy forbids your inclusion. Imagine being the first person ever to challenge that rule and win. For former tennis player Renee Richards, those scenarios were reality. As one of the first recognized professional transgendered athletes, Richards made waves and broke down barriers, creating a legacy that would change the face of sports forever.

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