Canadian High School Football Team Welcomes 1st Transgender Player

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — A Canadian high school football team is welcoming its first transgender student player, who recently transferred after he said he felt unaccepted and lonely at his former school.

The new school, Halifax West High, gladly welcomed Kennedy Cooley which was a welcomed surprse. At his former school, the teen said he felt some of the student body “wasn’t very accepting of the LGBTQIA community.”

The teen’s father, Robert Cooley, told ABC News he hopes Cooley’s story can help show other parents the beauty that can come from standing behind your kids and supporting them.

“He’s never been afraid of challenge, and we’ve always supported him as much as we could,” he told ABC News Thursday. “It isn’t always easy, but at the end of the day, your goal as a parent is to make sure your child is a productive citizen in society, and when we look at him, we see that he is a good kid.”

The teen hopes to become a firefighter or graphic designer, his dad said.

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