Layshia Clarendon Talks Faith, Family and Acceptance in This Month’s “ESPN Cover Story”

We’ve reached the latter part of the month and that means it’s time for a new ESPN Cover Story. This month, ESPN is profiling the WNBA’s Layshia Clarendon about their childhood, sports, fighting for social justice, faith and being the league’s first openly nonbinary transgender athlete.

Photo credit: The Tyler Twins For ESPN

Photo credit: The Tyler Twins For ESPN

What’s Happening:

  • Debuting today on ESPN digital, linear and social platforms is the latest issue of ESPN Cover Story which features a profile on Minnesota Lynx guard Layshia Clarendon (she/he/they).
  • In the piece, reporter Katie Barnes (they/them) shares Clarendon’s story including their upbringing, coming to terms with their true identity, being a parent for the first time, and their faith.

  • Clarendon is the first openly nonbinary transgender player for the WNBA and continues to stand for social justice and work towards bringing change.
  • Throughout the 2020 basketball season Clarendon helped lead efforts for various causes and suggested the league dedicate the season to the Say Her Name campaign.
  • Additionally, they hosted conversations with Raquel Willis, a Black transgender writer and activist, and Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother.
  • Clarendon continues to use their platform to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, women and Black lives.
  • For the full ESPN Cover Story on Layshia Clarendon please visit

ESPN Cover Story is the sports fan’s monthly ticket to the biggest stories on the most captivating athletes – told with inside access, bold reporting and unforgettable visuals.