Schuyler Bailar is a member of Harvard University’s Men’s Swim Team. He is also the first openly transgender male to compete on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team in any sport.
“Originally I was going to lead a double life, being a woman in the pool and a man in school”
On April 25th, Bailar appeared on Ellen and talked about his transgender journey, eating disorders and coming out. “Originally I was going to lead a double life, being a woman in the pool and a man in school” said Bailar when taking about when he first came out to his swimming coach. His coach convinced him it would be unhealthy not to live as his true self and a dual existence.
The Harvard means team accepted him with open arms. Bailar, who was used to winning as a female swimmer is no adjusting to the challenges of competing in the men’s division. Though he has not yet won, he has been able to improve with each race.
With all this talk of bathrooms and hate laws, I thought it would be nice to hear an inspiring story. Schuyler Bailar is pretty amazing. We need more of this in the world and less of the restroom talk. I hope to see him continue to do better, though he has already won in my book. Schuyler certainly has a fan in me.