Monday Motivation: Blake Hansen, a Role Model for Transgender Athletes
Some people spend their entire life discovering who they really are, and what they’re meant to do. Blake Hansen knew early on. The hardest part? Acceptance.
âWe all know what skate culture was back then, you were either cool or gay, and I am really fucking gay.â Hansen explained. âI knew I wasnât a bad person, but I couldnât help but feel ostracised from my own friends and family and I couldnât tell a soul.â
As a transgender racer, Blake Hansenâs road to personal and professional acceptance has been fraught with challenges, but sheâs more committed than ever to be pushing for change. She hopes to be the role model for transgender athletes she never had.
âKnowing thatâs the impact that I can have on peopleâs lives, how can I ever stop?â Hansen said.
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