Sapir Berman becomes Israel’s first Transgender Soccer Referee


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A top soccer referee came out publicly as the Israeli Premier League’s first ever transgender referee at a Tuesday press conference.

Sagi Berman told reporters that she now identifies as a woman, and has changed her name to Sapir.


“I always saw myself as a woman, from a very young age. At first I did not know how to name it, I did not know what to call it, but there was always an attraction to the female side [of things], and there was an envy of sorts of other women, and I lived with it — I lived with it… [while projecting] a very male persona,” Berman, 26, explained.

“As a man I was successful. Whether in the referees association or in school or even with girls. To the family, I was a man as well, but when I was alone, I was a woman,” she continued. “I divided these worlds because I understood that society would not accept me, would not be by my side. So I continued living like this for 26 years.”



Berman went on to explain why she eventually chose to come out.

“In the end, I decided to come out, to show [the world] who I am. First for myself, for my own wellbeing, but also for my loved ones, so they wouldn’t see me suffering,” she said.

Source: LGBTI News
 


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