The Oberlin Review

From the Perspective of Non-binary Athletes

Abby Bellows and Leah Ross

December 7, 2018

Finding Solace Abby Bellows I used to look at my reflection in windows when I ran by, focusing on my stride — how my legs moved past one another, how my feet landed — but I could never bring myself to look up at the rest of my body, knowing I couldn’t look at my chest without sending myself into a mental spiral. It was already hard enough competing on a women’s varsity athletics team, showering in a women’s locker room, and being included in groups referred to as “ladies” and “women” when I was not a woman and was not comfortable with how my body looked. Existing in athletic spaces means choosing between a women’s space or a men’s space — there is no space for me. I am a non-bi...

Women, Trans, Non-Binary Gym Hour Cancelled

Jacqueline McDermott

February 19, 2016

Enthusiasm transformed into confusion for many after the Oberlin Athletics department reneged on its plan to add an hour designated for women, transgender and non-binary students to Philips gym’s regular Sunday schedule. The Oberlin Student Senate sent an email on Wednesday, Feb. 10, announcing the new hour at Philips. The statement said that the gym would be open from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, during which cisgender men would be asked not to enter the space. The extra hour was supposed to be implemented Sunday, Feb. 14, and continue every Sunday for the rest of the semester thereafter, but the Oberlin Athletics department quickly rolled back on the proposal. “At this time, we are not able to offer hours de...

How I Became More Feminine on T

Elly Higgins, Contributing Writer

September 11, 2015

Even as a non-binary person, it’s important to recognize that in a lot of ways I am privileged within the trans community. As a white, trans masculine person, my voice is often prioritized over my trans feminine siblings and my siblings of color. Though I didn’t have the easiest time getting access to testosterone (commonly shortened to T), most trans people are denied hormones the moment they show any sign of hesitation. Further, medical transitioning can be a very expensive process even for those who have insurance, as the insurance can refuse to cover trans healthcare (shoutout to Blue Cross Blue Shield for rejecting my coverage twice). I was very lucky in that I was able to receive affordable care from a queer he...

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