Chris Mosier is an American transgender advocate and triathlete.
“Be the person you needed when you were younger.”-Chris MosierWith elections looming, the scope of human rights is being hotly debated — and soon to be cast across ballots.In the crosshairs is gender politics — specifically transgender rights — a vital subject of contention I admit to understanding less than I should.So let's talk about it.To anchor this exploration I reached out to Chris Mosier — arguably the most prominent and accomplished transgender athlete working to progress cultural perceptions and activate legislative change.You may recognize Chris from the viral Nike commercial that aired during the 2016 Rio Olympics. In addition to being the first transgender athlete to be sponsored by Nike, Chris holds the distinction of being the first trans athlete ever to be featured in the ESPN Body Issue.Among his many accomplishments, Chris is a hall of fame triathlete, All-American duathlete, 2-time National Champion, and a 6-time member of Team USA. In 2015 he became the first known transgender man to represent the United States in international competition.More recently, he picked up the sport of race walking and rapidly distinguished himself, becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete in an Olympic Trials in a category different than their sex assigned at birth.As an activist, Chris has spent years at the forefront of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, paving a more inclusive path for future trans athletes. In 2015, he was the catalyst for changing the International Olympic Committee’s policy on transgender athletes to provide such individuals with the right to represent their country at the Olympic Games. And in 2016, Chris drove further policy change within the IOC, expanding the rights of transgender athletes to take part in the Olympic Games without the previously required necessity of gender reassignment surgery.Profiled everywhere from Rolling Stone to the New York Times, Chris is also the founder of, a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play. He has mentored transgender athletes around the globe, from high school and recreational to the professional levels, and helped teams, leagues, and professional sports leagues create gender-inclusive policies.Aside from his physical prowess, what impresses me most about Chris is his courage. He had the option to stay silent — to make the most of his passing privilege without enduring the scrutiny that accompanies a public coming out. But he did so to set precedent. To change public perception. And stand as a beacon of hope and possibility for those who will come after him.This is a conversation about Chris’s unique life. His transition. His trials. And his tribulations.It’s about the privileges of gender, race, and class.It’s about what it’s like having your very existence up for debate, and how our country is treating so many of her citizens as non-humans.For context, consider that 41% of trans youth attempt suicide. Horrific and unacceptable, it's a statistic that must change. Together we can do better. So it is with pride that I share Chris’ story, bravery, and vulnerability with you today.Note: This conversation was recorded pre-pandemic, thus there is no mention of the coronavirus. May this episode provide a significant and thoughtful reprieve from your 24/7 pandemic news feed.And for something new & different: People seemed to enjoy my brief check-in segment with Mishka Shubaly in the lead in to my recent episode with Chris Hauth (RRP #514). So I thought I'd do it again. Today's appetizer to the main course is Nadia Bolz-Weber -- my favorite heavily tattooed Lutheran pastor from RRP #428 -- who drops in to talk quarantine, 'grace for fuckups' and her fabulous new podcast, The Confessional.The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.I sincerely hope you find this exchange as revealing and enlightening as I did.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsOn Running: Born in the Swiss Alps, On Running is the world’s fastest-growing running brand. 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For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity URLs and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".SHOW NOTESConnect With Chris: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | StravaConnect with Nadia: Website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookPodcast: The ConfessionalTransathlete: transathlete.comNY Times: Trans Athlete Chris Mosier on Qualifying for the Olympic TrialsNike Commerical: 'Unlimited'Nike Commercial: 'Unlimited Courage'Rolling Stone: Chris Mosier on Making History as First Trans Member of Team USATIME: First Transgender Man on the U.S. National Team Stars in Nike AdESPN: The Body Issue 2016: Chris MosierNovember Project Documentary: 'Showing Up'QZ: The first transgender athlete on Team USA reveals how he combats sexism in sportsThe Cut: The First Ad Featuring a Trans Athlete Aired During the OlympicsThe Cut: The Trans Athlete Behind the Olympic Committee’s New Gender PolicyBleacher Report: Transgender Athlete Chris Mosier Competes in 2016 World Duathlon ChampionshipIdaho Press: 'Some of the damage has already been done': Chris Mosier, crowd rally at Capitol against trans legislationAdWeek: Nike’s Latest Ad Stars Chris Mosier, the First Transgender Athlete on a U.S. National TeamRelated Podcasts You Might EnjoyRRP #277: Brogan Graham On Igniting A Fitness RevolutionRRP #487: Kendra Little Is Becoming More: Broadening The Gender Identity ConversationRRP #493: Lauren Fleshman Is The Role Model We NeedRRP #428: Nadia Bolz-Weber Is ShamelessThanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics; portraits by Ali Rogers; copywriting by Georgia Whaley; and theme music by Ana Leimma.*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PODCAST?Tell Your Friends & Share Online!Subscribe & Review:  iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google PodcastsDonate: Check out our Patreon accountSupport The Sponsors: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support our sponsors. 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On the first episode of 'Forward Progress', we spoke with trans athlete and advocate Chris Mosier about his transition, what it meant to compete in the red, white and blue, and how he’s pushing international athletic committees to change their policy to be more accommodating to transgendered athletes.
The first openly Transgender athlete on a U.S. national team- Chris Mosier is a duathlete, triathlete and role model for a generation of LGBTQ2S competitors. He and Anastasia explore questions of gender equality, and steroid use- issues that are testing sport governing bodies come to the fore in Chris' career. And his perspective on male privelege should give everyone pause for thought.
Join us as we talk with Chris Mosier, the first trans athlete to compete on the US National Team as the gender in which he identifies. We talk everything from his work with the You Can Play Project (7:56), training regiments (12:45), and what it takes to have the mindset of a professional athlete (17:14). We then turn to the challenges of competing as a trans athlete (20:12), high suicide rates amongst trans and gender nonconforming people (26:45), white privilege (31:40), and appropriate and inappropriate questions to ask a trans or gender nonconforming person, whether you are a journalist or friend (39:55). 
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