WNBA player Layshia Clarendon had a top operation on January 13, the New York Liberty Guard said on her Instagram and Twitter accounts on Friday.
“I’m usually not afraid to share news publicly, but the amount of hatred, myth, and ignorance actually got me to discuss that joy,” Clarendon wrote on Twitter. “I had a top operation! I feel free and euphoric in my body and I want trans people to know and see that we have always existed and that nobody can obliterate us!”
Clarendon identifies herself as trans / non-binary – she / she / she / she / he / him, according to her Twitter page.
In a statement posted on Twitter, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert wrote, “Layshia’s story is one of inspiration and courage, and I hope the WNBA’s full support will extend well beyond this league. We are so proud to have Layshia part of the WNBA is and we know that your voice and continued advocacy will not only support and nurture many other non-binary and transgender people, but will also foster empathy and understanding for the community at all levels of sports. “
Liberty, owned by Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai, also issued a statement in support of Clarendon.
“The New York Liberty family fully supports Layshia Clarendon and her choice to live authentically,” said the team. “Freedom was and is an organization that celebrates the individuality of all people. Layshia is a proud embodiment of our belief that our strength lies in our truth and that no one should live restricted by social boundaries. Layshia’s journey as a pioneering athlete is along with her activism.” and her advocacy work is an inspiring call for each of us to honor our humanity above all. “
Clarendon is the first vice president of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association and has played eight seasons in the WNBA. Last season they averaged 11.5 points, three assists and 2.7 rebounds and started in 19 games.
In a December Instagram post, Clarendon wrote – in a t-shirt that read, “There’s no way to be trans” – “Say hi to one of my closest friends who was the first to show me that transness exists outside of trans.” The binary. @mywarden showed me that you can be trans and non-binary, gendered and so much more – the more you embrace your entire gender, the freer you become.
“Existing outside of the binary is freedom for me. I’ve learned that my gender just doesn’t fit into those shapes that keep trying to hold onto it and wrap it up. I know my gender will evolve as we change and I know that, as Andrea Gibson says, my pronouns haven’t even been invented, I know that we all have masculinity and femininity in us, and mine comes up equally and fully and completely.
“Cheers to be whole because we weren’t made to be anything less than that! To the trans community, I see you, I love you, I love us.”