November 13, 2013 | by Staff reports
Trans man coaches high school sports
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Stephen Alexander was also a member of Ponaganset High School’s basketball team that won four state championships in the 1990s. (Creative Commons license by capl@washjeff.edu)

GLOCESTER, R.I.—A transgender Rhode Island man is believed to be the only out trans person in the country to coach high school sports.

Outsports.com on Nov. 12 reported Stephen Alexander has coached basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer and baseball at middle and high schools in his hometown outside Providence. Alexander was also a member of Ponaganset High School’s basketball team that won four state championships in the 1990s.

Alexander played basketball at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., after he graduated high school in 1996.

He later moved to New York City where he transitioned from a woman to a man. His parents traveled to be with him when he underwent sex reassignment surgery.

“If I didn’t transition, I would not be alive today,” Alexander told Outsports.com.

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