History: Transgender referee officiates football match in israel (photos)

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History made in Israel after Transgender referee officiates football match (photos)

After coming out as transgender, Sapir Berman made sports history by officiating his first soccer match in Israel’s Premier League.

After officially announcing her transition in a press conference last week Tuesday, Berman took to the field for the match between Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Haifa on Monday, May 3.

History made in Israel after Transgender referee officiates football match (photos)    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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History made in Israel after Transgender referee officiates football match (photos)

She told reporters that players had already begun addressing her in Hebrew using the feminine form of language.

“I really want to be a part of this phase, even if it means speaking to men when it isn’t appropriate and speaking to me as a woman. So thank you very much “Berman explained.

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One fan held a banner praising Berman as a “super woman, amazing, courageous” outside the stadium in Haifa, Israel’s northern capital.

“This is the start of a long and exciting journey. We are honored to work with you, Sapir “As she officiated the match, the Israel Football Association tweeted.

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