Leo Baker

Your authenticity is your superpower.
–Leo Baker 

Leo Baker made the cut for the inaugural USA Skateboarding Olympic Team in 2019. But when faced with the prospect of skating for the women’s team, Baker, who identifies as trans nonbinary, decided not to compete—and Team USA lost a potential medal winner. Baker refused to conform to a gender they did not identify with. 

 

What would happen if sports were NOT defined by gender? 

T-shirt Leo Baker made to express their nonbinary gender identity, 2019 

T-shirt Leo Baker made to express their nonbinary gender identity, 2019 

Gift of Leo Baker

Leo Baker

Leo Baker

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“I would love to just carve out a bigger space for women who skate, and queer people who skate and gender non-conforming people and just like, really open up that space for people like me, and people that understand what it’s like to experience life this way.”
-Leo Baker

How should sports respond as ideas about gender are changing?


Leo Baker, a skateboarder who identifies as non-binary, talks about gender and sports.