Ashleigh Lucina gets emotional thinking about her first track and field meet three years ago. She was nervous, maybe even borderline excited, to see how she would do. It was a new sport for the then-freshman, who until that spring had always considered herself a swimmer. The meet also marked a new beginning, a new step in her transition from Zachary Poydock to Ashleigh Lucina. As a transgender girl, she was still required to compete on the boys team. But there, in the meet program, was her name, spelled out just like everyone else’s. It said Ashley. Ashleigh didn’t care that her name was spelled wrong. She felt accepted. The Sweet Home track team had taken her in for who she was, and that meant the world to her. The track is one of the places where Ashleigh says she feels most accepted. Here, she’s just one of the runners, and growing up in a time when people don’t always accept her for who she is, she appreciates that acceptance more than her teammates know. Ashleigh is the first openly transgender student in Sweet Home school district, and she has become an advocate pushing for the changes she wants to… Read full this story
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