I must confess that I know almost nothing about boxing. However the news is buzzing with reports about former boxing promoter Frank Maloney announcing that she is transsexual and is transitioning to female and henceforth wishes to be known as Kellie.
From what I have seen of the media so far, people are being more tolerant than expected. Although, of course, there are the usual appalling bigoted comments flying around too.
But I just wanted to highlight the statement that Lennox Lewis has released, because I simply don’t think I could put it any better, and it has rather moved me to tears.
“I was just as shocked as anyone at the news about my former promoter and my initial thought was that it was a wind-up. The great thing about life, and boxing, is that, day to day, you never know what to expect. This world we live in isn’t always cut and dried or black and white, and coming from the boxing fraternity, I can only imagine what a difficult decision this must be for Kellie.
“However, having taken some time to read Kellie’s statements, I understand better what she, and others in similar situations, are going through. I think that all people should be allowed to live their lives in a way that brings them harmony and inner peace.
“I respect Kellie’s decision and say that if this is what brings about true happiness in her life, then so be it. LiveAndLetLive.”