Hillary Thompson is the world’s first transsexual pro skateboarder.
She was born a man, but has known she was a women for as long as she can remember. Aged 19, she started taking hormones to become a woman.
She was skating long before she began the transition. The increase of oestrogen in her hormones has meant a decline in muscle mass. So Hillary said she had to relearn tricks – kickflips and really high ollies – to adapt to that.
Even in a community as rad as skateboarding, homophobia still exists. Which is why it’s great that Hillary is out there, unafraid to be herself.
You can read more in this amazing interview with her in King Shit magazine.