As Berlin Held the 1936 Olympics, These Athletes Changed Their Sex

Assigned female at birth, some went on to live as men

Tucker Lieberman
Prism & Pen
Published in
12 min readMay 13, 2024

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I’ve just read The Other Olympians: Fascism, Queerness, and the Making of Modern Sports by Michael Waters. It’s coming out June 4 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Here’s what I learned: The moral panic about trans people in sports wasn’t originally about trans women. It was about trans men. It was about intersex people who were assigned female at birth.

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Tucker Lieberman
Prism & Pen

Editor for Prism & Pen. Author of the novel "Most Famous Short Film of All Time." https://tuckerlieberman.com/