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Washington D.C.: Spirit Forward Makes History as Highest Profile Japanese Trans Athlete


Spirit forward Kumi Yokoyama becomes an openly trans athlete.

June 21, 2021
Source: Washington Spirit/Twitter
Source: Washington Spirit/Twitter

⚽️Spirit: Although forward Kumi Yokoyama didn’t play in the Spirit’s 1–1 draw, they still made history on Saturday. Yokoyama became the highest-profile Japanese trans athlete when they came out as a trans man on the YouTube channel of fellow Japanese player Yuki Nagasato. BFD.

  • Yokoyama cited OL Reign’s Quinn, the NWSL’s first openly trans athlete, as an inspiration. We’re so honored that Kumi is sharing their authentic self with us. Proud.

⚾️Nationals: We’re partying like it’s 2019. The Nats won a four-game series over the National League (NL) East-leading NY Mets yesterday, powered by the return of fan favorite Gerardo Parra (and Baby Shark) and by left fielder Kyle Schwarber, who smashed five home runs in two days. Oops, he did it again. 

🏃‍♂️Rapid recaps:

  • 🎓⚾️UVA baseball opened their College World Series campaign with a bang, shutting out Tennessee 6–0 yesterday. They’ll look to carry that into tomorrow’s 7 p.m. ET matchup against Mississippi State.

🏀The Mystics beat the league-worst Indiana Fever Saturday, but Natasha Cloud left with an ankle sprain in the second quarter. Make the injuries stop.