A photo of the first all trans-masculine football team in Europe scoring their first goal has garnered millions of views online, sending a message to young trans people everywhere.
The photo was taken by Lucy Copsey, a photographer who plays for TRUK United’s women’s team.
Copsey’s team had already played earlier in the night and was shooting the trans men’s match when Parker Dunn scored the goal. Copsey told Pink News it was just luck that the team turned in her direction in the emotional moment.
Via Pink News:
TRUK United FC’s all trans-masc team played its inaugural match – the first of its kind in European history – on Trans Day of Visibility (31 March).
About 500 supporters were at Champion Hill stadium to the team play Dulwich Hamlet FC Supporters Team.
And while the trans-masc team didn’t go home victorious – they lost 8-1 – a photograph of the moment they celebrated their goal quickly went viral on social media.
The image, which features nearly the entire team, has been viewed millions of times across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The pic captures the sense of community and singular joy of finding your tribe through team sports.
As we see in headlines almost constantly these days, trans people are being increasingly excluded from sporting bodies around the world as lawmakers in states across the U.S. aim to ban them, particularly trans women, from participating in school sports.
We made history tonight. The first all trans masculine team to play a football match in Europe against a cis men’s team.
A lot of our team hadn’t played sport since school. I’ve never felt Community like it. This is trans joy. And trans people belong in sport. 🏳️⚧️😭 pic.twitter.com/CWoD6Xe6am
— Harry Nicholas (@HarryNicholas_) March 31, 2023
Arthur Webber, the captain of the team, shared his thoughts on the big night with TransWrites:
As I led the first ever all trans masc football team in Europe onto that football pitch to thunderous applause, all my worries melted away.
It didn’t matter what the score was; it didn’t matter if I left the field covered in mud and smelling like the Year 9 boys PE changing room. We made history here.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt anything quite like watching Parker’s free kick bounce down from the crossbar and into the net. It was as if it wasn’t nearly 10pm and I wasn’t resembling a drowned rat after playing for an hour in torrential rain.
With newfound energy, I sprinted towards the rest of my team in tears, and saw that they were crying too. 500 spectators jumped out of their seats in celebration.
We hugged, we sobbed, we screamed until our throats were raw. That was trans joy. Pure, unadulterated trans joy.
A week ago today this happened 🥰🥰🥰 pic.twitter.com/s0Vs6Ki9JN
— TRUK United FC. (@Trukunitedfc) April 7, 2023
i cried when i first saw this.
when i was younger i played in a boys team but i couldnt play any matches because i was “a girl”.
to see now there’s a whole team with men like me makes me cry out of happiness. i’m so overwhelmed to see a future finally for transpeople in sport https://t.co/BReExSpXkw
— dani (@exdeedani) April 4, 2023
So proud to have been captain of the first ever football team of all transgender men in Europe!
It was such a special night, thank you to the boys for being incredible and to all our supporters!
Football is for everyone. 🏳️⚧️🏳️⚧️🏳️⚧️#TransDayOfVisibility pic.twitter.com/t2FlIvcBCC
— Arthur Webber 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@BernieTranders) March 31, 2023
This gorgeous photo of @Trukunitedfc scoring a goal sums up what tonight means for trans people belonging in sport. 🏳️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/fHXESGZ0T3
— Liam Beattie (@Liam_Beattie) March 31, 2023