All The Wiser
All The Wiser
Jan 20, 2021
44. Schuyler Bailar is the first transgender NCAA Division 1 athlete
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As a teenager, Schuyler Bailar remembers being miserable all the time. As one of the nation's top swimmers, he was getting good grades, winning medals and accepted into an Ivy League school - yet he still felt empty. After an injury kept him from swimming, Bailar's mental health plummeted. He checked into a residential treatment center where he discovered that he was transgender. But what was he going to do about swimming? Schuyler shares why he ultimately decided to swim for the Harvard men's team, how he found the language and the courage to explain who he is, and why it's so important to make sure the voices in our heads are kind to ourselves. 


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