All Christina Ginther wanted to do was make new friends and find a sport where she belonged. She had never played football before.
When she tried out for the Minnesota Vixen women’s football team last October, she was trying to rebuild her life. About two years earlier, she had begun her transition from male to female, and in the process had watched her marriage and several friendships dissolve.
“Even close friends that I had, who initially said, ‘Hey, we’ll support you,’ disappeared,” she said. “And so I’m now like, ‘Where do I fit in in the world? Who are my people?'”
Ginther, 44, said she didn’t think her being transgender would pose a problem for the Vixen. After all, she learned about the team at the Twin Cities Pride Festival. She recalled her reaction as, “Oh, this an LGBTQ-friendly organization. Cool.” …