The first transgender man to represent the USA in an international competition has said he delayed his transition for a year and a half because he thought “sport would be taken away from me”.
Speaking on the 100th episode of the BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast last week, two-time national duathlon champion Chris Mosier compared his coming out as trans in sport to Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile.
“The biggest battle was initially coming out,” he said.
“I remember sitting in therapy, prior to coming out and thinking ‘is it safe to do this?’ and ‘is it possible to do this?’
“Then I decided it wasn’t a matter of can it be done, but why not me? I often think about the four minute mile. Once Roger Bannister broke it, numerous people did it after him. And I think that, if someone can do it, why can’t it be me?
“I delayed my transition for a year and a half because I was terrified that I would lose sport, but I never thought I’d walk away from it. I thought it would be taken away from me.”
But his transition, and his battle to be accepted into male sports, fuelled his desire to compete.
Mosier told the BBC LGBT Sport podcast: “It really helped me to stay motivated and persevere when the race became difficult because I thought it wasn’t just for me but for my community as well.
“And there’s something really powerful about it being about something bigger than yourself – and I couldn’t back off, because I knew all these other folk were relying on me… which was a great deal of pressure to put on myself!”
You can listen to the entire interview right here.