ESPN writer Mechelle Voepel announced this week she is transitioning to identifying as male.
Voepel, who has been a writer for the sports network since 1996, announced her intention to abandon female pronouns in a Twitter thread posted late Tuesday morning:
Voepel’s announcement was met with support from several ESPN colleagues.
Alexa Philippou, who covers women’s basketball for the Disney-owned outlet, responded to her coworker’s thread, writing, “Proud to be teammates with you, Voepel!”
“Echoing this, and glad that after compassionately helping so many athletes tell the stories of their authentic selves, you now feel supported to do so yourself ahead of this well-earned moment,” added Kevin Pelton, an NBA writer for the network.
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ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn replied to Voepel, “Wow, Voepel! Congrats! How about ‘Mikey’? Will that fly? Proud to have you as a colleague.”
Voepel’s ESPN Press Room biography was quickly updated, eliminating the writer’s birth name as well as any mention of female pronouns. The reporter is now referred to as “M.A. Voepel” with “he” and “his” pronouns.
The transgender movement has become a zeitgeist in the modern era, sparking significant cultural contention between the political left and right as well as with Christians who take issue with the sexual expression, which violates God’s design for human sexuality and relationships.
Scripture is clear from the start that God created human beings in His likeness and only in two sexes, male and female (Genesis 1:27). Those characteristics are immutable. He also intends sexual expression to be reserved for marriage, a union designed for one man and one woman for life (Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 7:1-40).
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