Sapir Berman has become the first transgender to officiate a professional soccer match in football history.
Berman made history after she officiated the soccer match between the finest teams in Israel’s Premier League.
Berman took to the field for the contest between Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Haifa on Monday, May 3, after she publicly announced her transition in a press conference last week Tuesday.
Specifically, Berman, aged 26 was already a top male referee in Israel’s leading football league; but decided to change to female as she had always seen herself as a female, even at a young age.
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The transgender told reporters that players had already begun using the feminine form of words in Hebrew when addressing her.
“They really feel that they want to somehow take part in this process and even speak to men when it’s not necessary and speak to me as a woman. So thank you,” Berman said.
Outside the stadium in the northern city of Haifa, one fan carried a banner that hailed Berman as a “superwoman, incredible, brave”.
“This is the first step in a long and wonderful journey. Sapir, we are proud to do it with you,” the Israel Football Association tweeted as she officiated the match.
Equally important, 1st News deciphered that a transgender denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.
Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the sex that they were assigned at birth.