National Women’s Football League player turns out to be transgender man
Posted On June 27, 2021
Yokoyama, who played for Japan in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, said they must remain locked in their home country, but found the United States to have a more tolerant attitude.
“When my girlfriend said there was no reason for me to stay locked up, it really hit me,” they said in a YouTube video posted by fellow Japanese fellow and NWSL player Yuki Nagasato , via ESPN. “I wasn’t keen on coming out, but if I think about my future life, it would be harder to live locked up, so I found the courage to come out. “
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Kumi Yokoyama in an April game this season against NJ / NY Gotham City FC.
Spirit tweeted his support for Yokoyama and the language on the team’s website reflected Yokoyama’s preference for them / them pronouns.