History has been made!
The new issue of Women's Running is featuring a transgender woman on the cover for the first time ever! Amelia Gapin graced the front of the mag, and told People all about the exciting experience!
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In fact, the 33-year-old revealed that being recognized on the publication's cover is particularly sentimental, since running was a huge part of her transition, saying:
"Running helped me get through the mental and emotional struggles I went through while I was transitioning. I was able to clear my head and approach things from a much better perspective."
The software engineer also expressed that this is an incredible milestone for the LGBT community, adding:
"For me to be on the cover of a women's magazine is kind of a sense of validation that other people are seeing transgender women as women. And having Women's Running want to put me on the cover says a lot about how they see transgender people."
The glossy's editor-in-chief, Jessie Sebor, explained why she selected Amelia for the cover, exclaiming:
"Amelia's bravery, openness and tough-runner spirit makes her a wonderful role model for Women's Running's growing community – she's certainly an inspiration to everyone on our team, myself included."
The MyTransHealth co-founder first began to transition four years ago, and started hormone treatments. In the past few months, Miz Gapin underwent gender reassignment surgery so she could qualify for the Boston Marathon as a woman.
The gorgeous gal also opened up about what it was like to transition, dishing:
"It was a lot to grapple with. There were the things you're dealing with internally, and figuring out things that you either you never thought about before or never really allowed yourself to think about. Things you kind of knew were there and you pushed away."
But the fierce female says running helped her cope with the stress and pressure of transitioning:
"[Running] gave me a place to work through all of the external things, like dealing with other people, and how to approach coming out to people and how to explain. And when conversations didn't go well – I lost friends because of it – running was a nice outlet for getting out some of that frustration."
The runner confessed that she wants her magazine cover to help inspire and empower other transgender individuals:
"I'm hoping that it shows people that are thinking about coming out, or want to transition and are afraid, that you can transition and things can go well. It's really scary to be a trans person right now with everything that's going on, and I know that a lot of people who were thinking about transition are reconsidering that. So if I can show them that it can be a very positive thing and it's not going to necessarily be horrible. You can be successful, you can do all these things."
We LOVE seeing Amelia as a cover girl!
[Image via James Farrell/Women's Running.]
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