Making historic changes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) by being the first transgender and non-binary referee in the league, Che Flores was on the cover of GQ magazine, last Monday (23), and through interviews he shared about his personal and professional life in sport.
“When I started refereeing, you had to look a certain way. This is the first time I’ve felt comfortable expressing myself through my own style and not having to worry about it. I feel one hundred percent myself now,” said Che Flores about her changes.
The athlete continued: “One thing I was missing was that no one knew how I identified. Being misunderstood like it always has been is a little punch in the gut.” Che Flores explained that due to the change, he is able to carry out his work with more peace of mind and security.
The referee reported that the NBA’s acceptance of their gender is important to facilitate changes in the future, if there are more athletes who can identify with their trajectory in the sport. “This is just to let kids know that we can exist, that we can be successful in all different ways,” he said.
Che Flores has been working in the NBA as a referee for two years and her career is full of success and vast experience graduating from Cal State Northridge, in Los Angeles – California, with 13 years refereeing for the NCAA, Women’s Final Four in 2019 and the Championship Game National Women’s league in 2021.