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Robert Millar Becomes Philippa York – or: A Successful Transition
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of July 12, 2017) Many people will still remember Scottish cyclist Robert Millar who won many prizes in the 1980ies. Only recently, female sport reporter Philippa York announced in a Cyclingnews article that she used to be Robert Millar before.
On the occasion of this year’s Tour de France, Philippa York recently announced her future cooperation with British TV channel ITV4. At the same time, she revealed that she used to be Robert Millar before she underwent gender-reassignment surgery and became a woman.
Philippa’s journey to becoming a woman started in the early 2000s.
Thankfully gender issues are no longer a subject of such ignorance and intolerance, there's a much better acceptance and understanding.
(Philippa York in Cyclingnews)
Philippa has said that initially, she protected her personal life but that in the meantime, her family and friends have got accustomed to the situation, which reduces the need to protect them and herself.
In the beginning of her journey, her friends and family declared their entire support, and even the media she worked with have maintained silence about her personal issues.
This is why the news about her gender reassignment has only spread in July 2017. Since ITV4 is a TV channel (which requires reporters to show their face openly), she would not have been able to hide her personality any longer and therefore came out of the closet.
Comment: Why do you bring up the matter on Millar/York? Simply because we find too many clichés, prejudices, machismo, stupidity and meanness in professional sports still today – which absolutely has to change.
Transgender people are not so rare anymore today that we should or could not talk about such cases. In fact, we have to!
Even the media frequently mix up the terminology: Sexual orientation is lumped together with gender identity – which simply may not happen anymore today.