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This Transgender Ballerina Is Raising the Bar

Jayna Ledford is a transgender ballerina. Assigned the male gender at birth, Ledford danced as a male from age 5 until she came out as female at 17. Not everyone in the ballet world has been accepting of Ledford’s identity. But she is now studying at a supportive dance academy; she has mastered pointe; she has performed in a production of “The Nutcracker” as a snow queen; and she has big ballet dreams. “My goal is to dance professionally,” Ledford says. “I am just like the other girls. I am working hard, and I am striving to get to where I want to be.”

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45 thoughts on “This Transgender Ballerina Is Raising the Bar

  1. This is disrespectful to genuine sexes! You can’t procreate like a woman! Who are you lot kidding? You’re making a mockery of the original TWO sexes! Fools!

  2. Jayna – you have such beautiful feet, and long lovely arms. I'm so happy for you, that you found the support and company that you can just dance, and be yourself. I think you are unique, and you are special. I wish you many years of dance, and support, and continued path towards becoming a prime ballerina! You can do it Jayna!!! Big hugs!

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, ella sin duda me ha inspirado!!!!!! Yo también practico ballet como mujer y también deseo ser una gran bailarina, aunque no he tenido el valor de declararme abiertamente transgenero ni decirle a mi familia que estudio ballet porque temo su rechazo, espero poder superar esas barreras y seguir su ejemplo.

  4. " …men taking opportunities away from women?!? "
    Pump yo' brakes, there Ms Melli-lineal. Let's keep blame where it's due.
    That IS a MALE taking opportunities away from women. NOT a man.
    And they wouldn't have a say if it were not for women supporting them, "in their struggle to be recognized. "
    Now you want to cry foul!?

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  6. Why don't you just accept the binary division into male and female but widen the definition of both to include any behaviour and dress you want? That would, in one fell swoop, do away with the necessity for infinite genders. Because infinite numbers of genders are the logical disconnect at the crux of gender identity.

  7. I admire her courage. I realize the difficulty in undertaking the challenge of living a whole new life. I wish her luck in all her future endeavors.

  8. I did dancing for 16 years, 13 of those being ballet. I don't care if you're male, female, or otherwise, if you put in the work like I did, you get nothing but respect from me! Keep doing your thing girl!

  9. You are either a man or a woman, you cannot change. Let us help and encourage those who feel confused instead of promoting this unnatural behaviour

  10. Some of the people complaining about trans people are into really creepy ASMR shit when I click their profiles 😂 what a riot. They should hide that lmao

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