Next in our profiles on out TGI athletes, meet Andee Scallion!
Name: Andee “Miss Identified” Scallion
How do you identify or describe your gender?
I am a transgender woman and identify as a transgender woman. At first I was afraid to tell anyone, because I thought I would be asked to leave my team. But I felt that I was hiding something from people. After my league put a gender clause in our by-laws, I began to come out to the people I had befriended, and I am now very openly transgender.
What sports do you currently play or have you played before?
I currently play roller derby with Hartford Area Roller Derby. I have also played Pee Wee Football and Little League Baseball and ski.
What is your typical or favorite position?
Jammer is my favorite position of all.
Are you a professional athlete? If not, what do you do as a “day job”?
I work in the printing division of a direct mail company. My job is scheduling production on 6 web presses 24/7. I am also the purchasing manager and purchase all the blank roll stock we use.
How would you describe your playing style?
I am aggressive as a jammer. I like to go through the middle of the pack. I am working on improving as a blocker.
What do you to get ready for competition?
I like to listen to classic rock before a bout, have a small meal, foam roll my leg muscles, and spend 30 minutes stretching.
What’s your most memorable sports moment or top accolade?
I won game MVP in my third bout, which was my team’s first loss of the 2013 season. I also got 6 penalties…lol.
Who are your athletic role models?
Fallon Fox for her inner strength and Lindsey Vonn for being the most determined downhill skier I have ever seen.
What have sports meant to you as a TGI person?
Sports have given me an opportunity to be involved, they have empowered me as a woman and as a transgender athlete, and raised my self esteem and confidence. Being an athlete has helped me to feel included and accepted as a woman.
What do you think are the most pressing issues facing TGI athletes?
Acceptance by others in the league, by people who come to watch, and by other leagues, as well as overcoming the notion of an inherent advantage based upon birth gender.
Please describe a particularly empowering moment for you.
When I tried out, I had never really skated before. I went to an open recruitment night in May of 2012 just for fun, but I fell so many times that my hip was deeply bruised. I came back the next week and tried it again. Finally, in January 2013, I tried out for the Beat City Bedrockers and made the team.
What advice do you have for young TGI athletes?
Don’t ever give up pursuing what you want to do. Don’t be afraid to try and never give up.
Is there anyone you would like to thank/acknowledge?
Hartford Area Roller Derby for putting a gender clause in their by-laws for me.
Any shameless self promotion?
I am in the 2014 Women for Change Miss Represented Calendar and in Project Woman Defined.
This is the sixth in our series of TGI athlete profiles. Our goal with this series is to promote the diversity and awesomeness of TGI athletes and to help broaden and improve the cultural narrative surrounding us.
If you are a TGI athlete and you would like to join the group or be profiled, please send us an e-mail at TGIAthleteNetwork@gmail.com.