Jun 22, 2018
Today’s interview is with Amelia Gapin, a transgender runner who
was a cover model in 2016 on Women’s Health. She is relentlessly herself
and helps us learn more about what her life day to day is
like. She is a
true role model for others and helping us to see an issue that
often does not get attention. Amelia and I tackle some of
the controversy around transgender runners and their issues.
Amelia Gapin is a marathon runner, software engineer and was a
2016 Women’s Running cover model.She is a self professed Bagel Snob
and a “Cat Lady” who loves Disneyworld.Amelia is a transgender
athlete, and was a co-founder of MyTransHealth, which serves as a
guided search tool for transgender people struggling to find the
right healthcare options for their needs.
What you will learn about:
- How she co-founded MyTransHealth to help those who needed
assistance navigating the healthcare options they needed.
- The meaning of Cisgender (you identify with the gender you were
at birth) and Transgender (where you identify with the opposite
gender of that assigned at birth)
- How it was quite surreal to see herself on the cover of Women’s
Health, and how she overcame her reluctance to say yes and brave
the risk of negative comments or violence that might occur from
being so open.And whether the transgender community really needed
another cover model or the publicity. In the end she learned how
helpful it was in assisting others in seeing that it was possible
for them to also be runners and didn’t need to be alone.
- How being a transgender person is not all unicorns and rainbows
and all the issues that they face from where they would be housed
in a prison, bathroom bills, service in the military, etc. How even
the sound of your voice can cause issues day to day.
- How, like most of us, she hated running in the beginning but
soon came to love being able to get out and have time to think and
be alone with her thoughts and be able to work things out in her
- How taking hormones impacted her running.Transgender runners in
general have lower testosterone levels than cisgender women as the
hormone blockers reduce their overall levels to a point lower than
normally occurring in females. The blockers also an cause
dehydration, making it difficult to run longer distances.Once a
transgender runner has transition surgery, they no longer take
blockers and move closer to what is normal for women in
- How she had to get used to being cat-called while running. When
the world sees you as a man, you don’t realize exactly what it is
like to run as a woman.
- The media attention surrounding the Boston Marathon and
transgender runners.How the rules for racing are moving in the
right direction but still have a way to go. Many of the rules
surround how and whether you can update your personal
identification, which varies by state.
- How she loves Disneyworld and her favorite ride is the Jungle
Cruise because she loves bad puns and jokes.
- How Google is your friend and can help you find resources to
help you understand transgender individuals and the issues they
face.If you have questions, certainly ask but gently and with
My first 5k I wanted to die, how do people do this?
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