WNBA star and New York Liberty guard player, Layshia Clarendon has underwent a surgery to have her breasts removed.
The basketball star who identifies as transgender and nonbinary (uses all pronouns she/her/they/them/he/him), made the disclosure on social media on Friday January 29. She reportedly underwent the surgery on January 13 and is now recovering well.
Clarendon also expressed hope of her surgical process inspiring other trans people. She wrote on Twitter;
“I’m usually not scared to share news publicly but the amount of hate, myths & ignorance actually had me debating sharing this joy.
“I had Top Surgery! I’m feeling free & euphoric in my body & want Trans people to know and see that we’ve always existed & no one can erase us!”
Cathy Engelbert, WNBA Commissioner, who reacted to this wrote;
“Layshia’s story is one of inspiration and courage, and as a takeaway from the emotional conversation we shared recently, my hope is that the WNBA’s full support will extend far beyond this league. We are so proud Layshia is part of the WNBA and we know that their voice and continued advocacy will not only support and help honor and uplift many other non-binary and trans people, but also encourage empathy and understanding for the community across all levels of sport.”
The Liberty also released a statement in support of Clarendon. It read;
“The New York Liberty family is in full support of Layshia Clarendon and their choice to live authentically.
“The Liberty has been and will continue to be an organization that celebrates the individuality of all people. Layshia is a proud embodiment of our belief that our strength lies in our truth and no one should live constrained by societal boundaries. Layshia’s journey as a pioneering athlete, along with their activism and advocacy work, is an inspiring call for each of us to honor our humanity above all else.”
Clarendon is the first vice president of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association and has featured eight seasons in the WNBA. Last term, they averaged 11.5 points, three assists and 2.7 rebounds and started in 19 games.
Clarendon and wife Jessica had their first child together in December 2020.