When the National Women’s Hockey League’s Buffalo Beauts take the ice on Friday, they’ll be making history. Their team forward, Harrison Browne, will become the first openly transgender athlete to play for a professional North Americans sports team.
“Hey, it’s Brownie – number 24 on the Buffalo Beauts,” Browne, 23, wrote in a letter to fans on SBNation affiliate site TheIceGarden.com.
Beginning today – the start of the 2016-17 National Women’s Hockey League season – I’m making official what has been part of my life for a few years now. I’m Harrison. I’m a “he.” As in “Harrison Browne made a good pass for the primary assist on that goal by the Beauts.” Or “He really lost his check on that one,” haha.
Browne also released a video discussing his coming out as trans.