What's on your mind?

I love high jump, but I probably won’t be able to compete as a woman even when I start HRT due to state bans on trans athletes. What can I do besides hope the bans get lifted?

CeCé Telfer
she/her
track & field

I’m sorry to hear about the challenges you’re facing. We should all be able to do what we love without compromise and I know it’s hard with state bans but remember that doesn’t stop you from high jumping. Only you can stop you from doing anything. Other ways you can stay proactive while your HRT journey is complete is by getting involved with local and community events. Starting small and developing that confidence of competing and training as your true self. Also, possibly connecting with an online community of LGBTQ+ high jumper and seeing what they have to say. You can also, in the mean time Focus on training and improving your skills. Consider becoming a coach or mentor for younger athletes, sharing your knowledge and passion for the sport. Get involved in advocacy groups that work towards the inclusion of trans athletes in sports. Your voice and experience can be powerful in pushing for change. Lastly, Set personal goals and milestones for your high jump practice and celebrate your achievements, regardless of how small, formal or informal competition.

Together, always,
CeCé Telfer
CeCé Telfer
she/her

CeCé Telfer is the first openly trans woman to win an NCAA title. She's also a social justice advocate, model and author of a new book, Make It Count.