Harrison Browne has the official title now of being the first openly transgender athlete on a professional U.S. sports team. Browne’s name is now on the roster for the Buffalo Beauts, a Women’s Hockey League team.
Browne came out saying: “I identify as a man. My family is starting to come to grips with it, now it’s my time to be known as who I am, to be authentic and to hear my name said right when I get a point or see my name on a website.”
Browne attends the University of Maine and planned to undergo gender reassignment surgery after graduation. Then the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) was officially formed, which put his plans on hold. The transition would include testosterone treatments, which would violate NWHL’s policies. So for the time being he has to, as a man, continue his career on a woman’s league.
But fortunately now, he is going to be at least acknowledged as the male he knows he is. “You have to be your authentic self to be happy,” Browne said.
“We’re here to support him,” NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan told ESPNW. “It’s really not a big deal when you look at it, we’re respecting his name, the pronouns and his request to be his authentic self.”