Life-long runner Amelia Gapin realized the dream of many athletes this month — landing on the cover of a prominent fitness magazine. Gapin graces July’s issue of Women’s Running — the first trans woman to ever do so.
“For me to be on the cover of a women’s magazine is kind of a sense of validation that other people are seeing transgender women as women,” she told People.
The 33-year-old software engineer is a co-founder of MyTransHealth — a startup that helps trans people find doctors experienced with trans healthcare.
Gapin came to Women’s Running’s pages after winning a cover search contest she entered last fall.
“I’m hoping that it shows people that are thinking about coming out, or want to transition and are afraid, that you can transition and things can go well,” she told People. “It’s really scary to be a trans person right now with everything that’s going on, and I know that a lot of people who were thinking about transition are reconsidering that. So if I can show them that it can be a very positive thing and it’s not going to necessarily be horrible.”
Our July cover, featuring Amelia Gapin (@entirelyamelia), hits newsstands tomorrow, and #TeamWR wants to dedicate this issue to the LGBT community today, and every day. Says Amelia, "Being on the cover of Women's Running is about being seen and visible as the woman that I am and refusing to live my life in secret. It's standing up and saying trans people can be anything they want to be." Hit the link in our profile to read a bit about her, check back tomorrow when she takes over our account for a day. ❤️💛💚💙💜 #womensrunning #lovewins
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