ESPN Reporter M.A. Voepel ‘I’m Transitioning To Male’
8/9/2022 3: 01 PM PT
ESPN reporter M.A. Voepel — who’s been covering sports for the outlet for a lot more than 2 decades — has turn out as transgender … saying Tuesday, “I’m transitioning to male.”
Voepel said he made a decision to start about his true self this week because he’s slated to get the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Gowdy Award the following month — an honor recognizing media members who’ve made great contributions to basketball — and he wished to be there “as authentic self.”
“Fear will keep us paralyzed for many years, particularly when we think we shall lose all that’s dear to us, including career,” Voepel said.
In sports media, we’re lucky to inform stories of others journeys. We’ve our very own, too. Section of mine has been transgender, and I’m transitioning to male. Byline now M.A. Voepel, pronouns he/him. Please feel absolve to call me Voepel, MV, Michael, Mike; Im good using them all.
“At some time, you realize you must have faith your happiness/well-being will probably be worth pursuing, and possess faith in other’s kindness and grace. Grateful for an organization that supports most of its employees, for terrific friends and family, and for societal progress.”
Voepel, who formerly passed Mechelle Voepel, added, “Please feel absolve to call me Voepel, MV, Michael, Mike; Im good using them all.”
Voepel has already established an enormous career with ESPN after initially joining the business in 1996 … within the WNBA, women’s college basketball, volleyball plus much more.
“I might look and sound just a little different,” he said. “Glad to be who I’ve been inside. Dedication to covering womens sports, a lifelong joy and also job, and admiration for several involved — players, coaches, execs, fans, referees, colleagues — that stays a similar. Thanks!”
Rigtht after his announcement, several ESPN personalities congratulated him … including T.J. Quinn, who wrote, “Proud to possess you as a colleague.”
The WNBA added in a tweet, “Congrats MV sending our best.”