What's on your mind?

i want to run in college, but going back to the closet might be hard. as a queer athlete, how did you manage your running/performance along with your queer identity?

CeCé Telfer
she/her
track & field

Navigating a queer identity as an athlete, especially in college is difficult. Because you’re at a time in your life where you’re both vulnerable and confident, those two are at war. So it’s important to prioritize your well-being and authenticity while pursuing your passion for running. I sought out and found supportive community. Many schools have LGBTQ+ student organizations or support groups where you can find understanding and acceptance. I also felt safe having an open conversation with my coaches about my situation. Supportive coaches can be strong allies and advocates for you within the team and the broader athletic community. Also, some colleges and universities have more inclusive policies and cultures. I wish I would have done more research on schools known for their support of LGBTQ+ athletes these would have been good to consider as potential options for my athletic career. Building connections with other queer athletes can provide a sense of camaraderie and mutual support, which I found helpful. Another recommendation would be to look for online communities, social media groups, or networks specifically for LGBTQ+ athletes. Balancing sports and identity can be stressful. Prioritize self-care and seek mental health resources if needed. Many schools offer counseling services that can provide support.

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.