Aussie trans basketball hopeful Lexi Rodgers shares her story

Lexi Rodgers, transgender basketball hopeful, speaks on a podcast
Image: Under The Surface with Anneli Maley

Transgender basketballer Lexi Rodgers is waiting for Basketball Australia to decide whether she can compete in the women’s semi-professional NBL1 competition.

Last week, Basketball Australia announced it had convened a panel to assess the application of a transgender athlete.

That player is Lexi, and she’s hoping to play for Victorian club the Kilsyth Cobras in the second-tier division of the women’s national league.

This week the athlete went public on former WNBL player Anneli Maley’s podcast Under the Surface.

“It’s good to have a bit of a voice now, because when it’s a hypothetical… people forget there’s actually a person,” she said.

“I am Lexi Rodgers, I’m not non-existent.”

Lexi said the interview came after a “hard week” for the trans community. She urged people not to “yell stuff on the internet” and remember the real people involved.

“Please be nice. It has been a hard week. Just try to remember there are actual people affected by these discussions and these debates,” she said.

“If you don’t get it and you don’t know: one, don’t yell stuff on the internet about it because it’s probably wrong. And two, go and learn about it, go and ask about it.”

‘Basketball is just a gift’

Lexi Rodgers said she transitioned during the pandemic after confiding in a friend about the feelings she’d had since she was a child.

“It was overwhelming. It was such a quick move from ‘Oh, I’m going to be a more feminine guy,’ to ‘I’m trans, there’s no doubt about it’,” Rodgers said.

But in doing so, she believed she’d have to sacrifice her basketball, which she describes as her “first love”.

“When I transitioned it went through my head, ‘If you do this, then you’re not going to be playing sport’, and that was tough. But I made that decision in my head.”

At her first session after transitioning, she said she was “so nervous”.

“I didn’t know what to expect from the club or the girls. I was pretty scared,” she said.

“All the girls have been so welcoming, so lovely, so much better than I ever thought anyone could be in this space. [It’s] the same with all the coaching and even the club. They’ve all been so welcoming.

“They all ask me the right questions. They are all really sensitive to what could be an issue for me and how to address these different things. It’s been amazing.”

She added that she’s “super grateful” to play with the team.

“Every time I’ve got anything going on that’s to do with playing basketball, it’s just a gift,” she said.

“I never thought I’d be here. It’s super exciting and I’m super grateful. I’m committed to playing basketball and I want to make it my career.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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