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Transitioning as a College Athlete

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As a college basketball player, Liam Lazore faced a gut wrenching choice: to stay on the court, or to live his truth. He chose the latter, came out as trans, and began to transition publicly. In this talk, he’ll discuss the difficulty of gender dysphoria, the politics of gender identity in sport, and how trans people can build affirming support systems.

Liam Lazore

Bridget Finkeldey

Liam Lazore is a transgender man committed to breaking social norms while creating the life he's always desired.

Liam is a recent college graduate, who played on the women's college basketball team before transitioning from female to male. Liam spent much of his time as an athlete struggling with his identity and mental health, as well as an eating disorder.

Liam's passion for basketball took a backseat as he made the conscious decision to pursue his transition, and focused his love of exercise on fitness and the gym. A place where he works to grow and improve mentally and physically, and helps others do the same.

Presently, Liam is proud to say he's the happiest, strongest, and most confident he's ever been. He currently is three years on hormone therapy and has undergone top surgery, and is working through the final steps of his transitioning process as a whole.

By being open about his transition in his personal life, on social media, and beyond, Liam's hope is to both inspire as well as help others who may be questioning their gender identity.

Bridget Finkeldey

Sanmaya Mohanty

Bridget is an organized and empathetic leader with demonstrated success in event coordination, stakeholder relations, digital marketing, copywriting, project management, human resources management, and public speaking.

She currently is PowerToFly's Summit Coordinator, managing logistics and day to day operations of the Virtual Diversity Reboot Series. She previously served as Marketing Project Manager at The Finance Marketing Group while simultaneously coordinating event logistics for the National Alliance Of Commercial Loan Brokers.

Bridget is military spouse, yoga teacher, and dog mom. She holds a B.A. in Media and Communication from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and also played four years of NCAA basketball.

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