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Meet The First Transgender Person To Work In The English Premier League


Sophie Cook was scared she'd be met with abuse and taunts when she revealed the transformation she made from her former life as a man, but the reality was anything but.

Sophie, formerly known as Steve, works as a team photographer for AFC Bournemouth in the English Premier League, and she is now officially the first openly transgender person to work in the highest division of English soccer.

The 48-year-old was recently introduced to the entire squad with support from the team's manager, Eddie Howe, and chairman, Jeff Mostyn.

Speaking about the moment, Sophie reportedly said,

Bournemouth's photographer reportedly identified as a woman since childhood, but after a match last season, a "switch" reportedly went off in her head, forcing her to begin the process of becoming her true self.

Sophie has a 12-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son, and she said her wife knew she was transgender when they first found each other.

According to Daily Mail, she explained,

Sophie reportedly added,

Sophie's kids have been equally supportive to her life-changing transformation.

Sophie reportedly said,

As a former jet engine technician in the UK's Royal Air Force, Sophie did more in her life than most could ever dream of.

Now, in addition to her work as a photographer, she travels around England to give motivational talks.

Those closest to Sophie reportedly feared her announcement would be met with insensitivity and cruelty, but that hasn't been the case.

Sophie reportedly said,

If there's one thing we can learn from Sophie, it's to never shy away from who we are.

Citations: Football team's photographer who went from Steve to Sophie becomes the first trans person working in the Premier League (Daily Mail)