Umpire's mask

Umpire's mask

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Sometimes gender isn’t revealed at birth. Ryan was born intersex. Growing up, he was called by a name traditionally given to girls. But he adopted his name because he felt he possessed “a girl body and a boy brain.” He never performed activities expected of a girl, which made him an outcast in his social circles. Sports became an important outlet for self-expression, especially softball. In 2014, after decades of struggling with his gender identity, he legally changed his name to Ryan and transitioned to male. Ryan’s story shows how checking boxes as male or female is incredibly limited. Those boxes could never fully capture the complex realities of one’s gender and sexuality.
This umpire's mask is made of gray powder coated ferrous metal (probably steel), aluminum, chrome plated ferrous metal screws and brackets, chrome plated non ferrous metal springs, black cloth straps, black Velcro, a black, silver and red Logo patch, black vinyl covered face pads and small plastic logo parts.
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Physical Description
fabric, metal, plastic (overall material)
powder coated steel (overall material)
overall: 13 in x 11 in x 5 1/4 in; 33.02 cm x 27.94 cm x 13.335 cm
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Ryan E.
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Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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