Fallon Fox is a groundbreaking woman in the history of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). She is the first of her kind in a plethora of ways.
Not only did she dutifully serve for four years in the Navy, but her MMA athletic record is undeniably impressive: Fox began her training in 2008, and she currently holds a record of 5-1-0.
Unlike a lot of LGBTQ+ youth, Fox never suffered through the throes of feeling “different” from her peers. Fox assumed all male-bodied young boys felt the same way she did.
As she got older, the displaced feeling of being born into the wrong gendered body never left Fox. After leaving the military in 2000, she began to research what she was coping with. She found a name that described exactly what she was experiencing: gender dysphoria.
So, what exactly is gender dysphoria? To put it in the simple and articulate words of Fox herself:
It’s when your brain sex doesn’t match your physical sex.
After so many years of alienation and confusion, Fox was finally was able to identify her struggle. She began taking hormones in order to begin the process of transition.
When Fox first started her career, no one knew her backstory. Fox says through gender reassignment surgery and hormones, her testosterone levels are lower than any non-transgendered woman.
She fought like every other woman in the industry until the day came when a reporter began to contact her and vehemently press her about the past. Fox knew she had a choice: She could either be outed, or she could out herself.
The fighter wisely chose the latter.
Fox was so devastated by the surplus of hateful words bestowed upon her, she found herself suicidal — until she realized she had an important story to tell.
It was one that could help save the lives of so many LGBTQ+ young people who suffer in silence. She now uses her media attention as a platform, a powerful tool that serves as a lifeline to an otherwise voiceless youth.
To those who disapprove of her fighting, Fox strongly feels education is the key to acceptance. She says, “The solution is education on the subject.”