Mara Gomez becomes the first transgender footballer to feature in the Argentine women’s league and she announced on Monday that she wants to continue making progress “without any kind of ceiling”.
Speaking to reporters she said: “Today I started and I can believe that things are happening, that they are succeeding,” said Gomez, despite her team Villa San Carlos’s loss 7-1 against Lanus, in the second day of first division A. “I’m happy to be able to play in the women’s league.”
“It’s not an individual conquest, it’s a social, collective question,” the 23-year-old told AFP.
Mara Gomez was authorized on November 28 by the Argentine football association to play in the women’s first division.
She will undergo hormonal treatment as agreed with the argentine football association, and also she will submit testosterone measurements at the start and in the middle of the championship, to avoid discrepancy with the other players.
Gomez was given a Lanus jersey with her number, 10 (the same as Argentine football icon Diego Maradona), and her first and last name, as a gift.
“It was moving, I wasn’t expecting it,” she said.