High School Has First Transgender Football Player

Kennedy Cooley, a Canadian teen, has become the first transgender player on his high school’s football team.  Cooley said to CTV News that he transferred to Halifax West High School in Halifax, Canada for his senior year because he’d heard that students there would be more accepting of his gender identity than his previous school.

Cooley said that he was initially apprehensive about joining the football team but he quickly learned that his teammates weren’t fazed by his presence.  Head coach of the team David Kelly told CTV News that Cooley, “seems to get along with everybody,” and is helping to give his teammates, “a perspective that they probably would not have had before.”

Robert Cooley, Kennedy’s father, told ABC News that he hopes his son’s story will encourage other parents of transgender kids to embrace their differences.


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