Imani Dorsey is a professional soccer player, playing soccer as an attacker with Sky Blue FC. She speaks passionately about her history in the soccer community and how it has been a source of strength, encouragement, and self-esteem. “From my experiences playing women’s soccer I know I am a talented, poised, and powerful athletic black young woman. I am grateful to the sport for helping me understand my own strength, because that wasn’t always the case.”
As opponents of LGBTQ equality have ramped up attacks on transgender athletes, funneling animosity toward the community, Imani has been a strong voice in favor of supporting full inclusion for transgender athletes.
“Trans female athletes deserve the opportunity to celebrate their womanhood alongside other women in sport,” Imani said. “As a cisgender athlete, I welcome trans females to women’s soccer. At all levels, you will be our teammates. You will broaden our worldview and change our perspectives. You will help us understand all the different ways we identify as females and how our athleticism and femininity doesn’t make us an exception, but the norm.”