Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
A top-flight Argentine women’s football club has signed the first trans woman in the history of the competition.
Argentine striker Mara Gomez, 22, is the first trans woman to join the Argentine top-tier woman’s football league Primera Division A after she was signed by bottom club Villa San Carlos who are currently fighting to avoid relegation.
The news came after the club made a post showing a picture of Gomez standing next to another of Villa San Carlos’ newest acquisitions Ludmila Angeli.
The post was captioned: “On the first day of the training camp, footballers Ludmila Angeli and Mara Gomez were presented with the squad and trained alongside the group.”
Local media report the move marks the first time in history a trans woman participates in the Argentine Football Association (AFA) tournament.
Gomez, who has previously played for Toronto City, spoke with local media and said: “Football helped me change my sexuality and my personality. It was a moment of distraction. I have been treated well in every club I have ever played for. We all take part in the same work and I never felt excluded from any of the squads.”
Local media report Gomez was signed from Argentine club Malvines who play in an amateur regional league where Gomez was the top-goalscorer and a two-time league champion.
Villa San Carlos have yet to win a single match after losing their first nine and are bottom of the league with one point after a 2-2 draw against Social Atletico Television (SAT) on 8th December.
Their next match is set to take place on 9th February against Boca Juniors who sit top of the league with 31 points.
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