Soccer’s first ever transgender referee goes to officiate her first sport as we speak.
Lucy Clark, 46, has been refereeing males’s semi-professional newbie video games for years beneath her former identify Nick.
She often officiated at 100 video games a yr in leagues together with the Mixed Counties, the Isthmian and the Nationwide Below 19.
Lucy Clark, soccer’s first ever transgender referee goes to officiate her first sport as we speak
However Lucy, who works as a black cab driver, has determined to reside as a lady following a 30-year gender battle which pushed her to the brink of suicide.
Below her new identification, Lucy, who’s married and with three kids, will initially officiate girls’s matches however she hopes to maneuver again into the boys’s sport.
She stated: ‘I hope the world accepts me for the individual I’m.
‘I’ve saved this secret hidden away most of my life. Now’s the time to be ME.
‘I am making ready myself for the derogatory feedback. I do not wish to lose my management and I do not wish to be placing complaints into golf equipment concerning the behaviour of their followers.
‘I wish to encourage others to be who they’re.’
Lucy’s courageous choice has obtained full backing from the Soccer League.
The Soccer Affiliation stated in a press release as we speak: ‘The FA absolutely helps Lucy and anybody else who needs to take part in soccer of their most well-liked gender.
‘Soccer is For All and in 2014 The FA introduced a coverage, in addition to an data information distributed to all golf equipment, to encourage trans folks to take part in soccer.’
One drunken night time 18 years in the past, Lucy advised her spouse Avri, that she was a lady trapped in a person’s physique and her spouse has stood by her ever since,
The pair say they’re fortunately married, share make-up suggestions, take pleasure in garments procuring collectively and consider they’ve a brilliant future.
Lucy hopes that by speaking extra concerning the transgender situation fewer folks will really feel so misplaced and helpless.
‘We’re higher now than 30 years in the past and I hope it improves within the subsequent 30 years. Me talking out, hopefully, could make a distinction,’ she says.
Whereas her identification as a lady has not been revealed publicly till now, she has been quietly part of the transgender group for 18 years and launched Trans Radio which broadcasts to greater than 39 international locations,
Lucy believes she might be not going to be make it as a Premiere League referee however want to officiate at a better stage
She stated: ‘I’m seeking to the long run and wish to progress as a referee. I would have cherished to have gotten to the Premier League however am most likely too outdated. It could take 10 years to get there and I would be in my 50s.
‘However I wish to go up a couple of ranges. The one factor that’s altering is the identify they placed on the staff sheet at first of the match.’
4 years in the past boxing promoter, Kellie Maloney revealed she was transitioning from boxing promoter Frank to a lady.
And Kellie has been giving her recommendation and assist.
She stated: ‘Lucy got here to me for recommendation and I inspired her to take management of her story.’