Episode 21 – Terry O’Connell, Auto Racing Driver with Over 500 National Titles, Had Gender Reassignment Surgery in 1994, Now Restarting Her Racing Career

Episode 21 – Terry O’Connell, Auto Racing Driver with over 500 national titles who went through gender reassignment surgery in 1994 and is and restarting her racing career. Terri has raced everything from go-karts to being a driver in the prestigious NASCAR Nextel Cup. She has received international media attention. Terri shares her life story as she faces her gender issues, explains the fascinating world of auto racing and describes her strategy for reentry as a award winning racing car driver.

 

Terri O'Connell

Terri O’Connell (International Photo Images, copyright 2008)

 

Terri O'Connel in Midget Race Care

Terri O’Connel in Midget Race Care at 1992 National Championships in Indiana – Terri designed and built this car from the ground up (International Photo Images, copyright 2008)

 

Terri Driving in NASCAR

Terri Driving in NASCAR in Nextel Cup Race at at the Goodwrench 500 (International Photo Images, copyright 2008)

 

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Websites on Terri O’Connell featured in this episode:
Terri O’Connell
Patricia Nell Warren’s Outsports.com article on Terri and GLBT folks in auto racing

Websites on Transgender Support and Advocacy:
Gender Spectrun Education & Training
National Center for Transgender Equality
Transgender Legal & Education Fund
Gender Public Advocacy Coalition
TransYouth Family Advocates

 

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One Response to Episode 21 – Terry O’Connell, Auto Racing Driver with Over 500 National Titles, Had Gender Reassignment Surgery in 1994, Now Restarting Her Racing Career

  1. i see this very interesting as i deal with auto racing history a lot. this is very controversial in fact, to be an icon in the racing world and having to deal with your own personal issues is anything but personal.

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