Wednesday May 15, 2024

Swimming in Idaho as a Transgender Man

After taking steps to affirm his gender, Torrey Stephenson decided to take a plunge – and became a triathlete in the process.

Torrey Stephenson was born biologically female.  

Over the years he realized that he identifies as a man, and took measures to align with his gender — for example, getting top surgery in 2020.  

As he grew more comfortable in his body, he wanted to try something new: swimming.  

In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed speaks with Stephenson about how he took the plunge into the sport; why, even though he’s more comfortable with his body, he still has nerves about being trans in Idaho; and how, in just a few months, he went from learning the ropes to competing in a triathlon.   

Read more about Torrey's swimming journey here



Host/Producer: Maleeha Syed and Isaac Kaplan-Woolner

Guest: Torrey Stephenson

Story editor: Ryan Famuliner

Executive producer: Sarah Menzies


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