Harvard’s Schuyler Bailar Named to Out Magazine’s 2017 Out100

Harvard swimming‘s Schuyler Bailar has been named to Out Magazine’s 2017 Out100 List. Bailar, a breaststroker and vocal trans rights advocate, is the first openly trans athlete to compete on an NCAA Division I men’s team.

You can see the full 2017 Out100 List here.

Bailar is competing in his junior year at Harvard. Outside of the pool, he travels throughout the country giving speeches about diversity.

“When I was coming out, I searched everywhere for someone like me, but I found no one…” he told Out. “I want them to see a picture of me and think, He exists. I can, too.” 

Out Magazine, one of the foremost LGBTQ publications in the United States, curates its Out100 list of the most influential LGBTQ individuals each year. Bailar is one of two athletes on the 2017 list; tennis legend Billie Jean King earned this year’s Out100 Lifetime Achievement Award.

As a recruit, Bailar, a member of an NCAP national age group record setting-relay, generated a lot of interest from Division I teams before landing with the Harvard men’s team under coach Kevin Tyrrell.

You can learn more about Schuyler in our SwimSwam profile from his freshman year, or you can watch his featured documentaries on 60 Minutes and The Olympic Channel.

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That’s so cool

das swimmer

this dude gonna make NCAAs? never heard of him

Not the point. You are clearly trying to “take a shot” at him so please keep your caveman-esq comments to yourself, and try to educate yourself so that you can actually understand the significance and positive impact that this individual is having on SO MANY lives.

Congrats Schuyler, keep on blazing and being an inspiration to so many!!!

Sir Swimsalot

“Educate yourself” on basic genetics 2 cents. She is NOT male.

Sir Swimsalot- Why is it so hard for you to be respectful of another human being? Schuyler Bailar has done nothing to harm you. In fact, he has been nothing but helpful to other people because he serves as a positive example for those who face similar struggles. If you think it is wrong to be transgender, then don’t be transgender. But you shouldn’t get to dictate how other people live their lives, what name they use, whether they identify as a man or woman, etc. Especially when it does not affect you.

Sir Swimsalot

Lauren, please understand I am not trying to control every aspect of Schuyler’s life. Everyone is free to undergoe the procedure should they want to. I just see it as self-harming and wrong. For instance, a person can decide to drink fifty Red Bull’s in a single day, and I can say what that person is doing will hurt them, but in the end he is free to do as he pleases.

I do care about this subject so much because it is one of many societal changes we have been experiencing lately that pushes for moral relativism, feelings over facts, truth is relative, etc.

Have a great day Lauren!


“basic genetics” once suggested that Africans were not fully human…but hey, if one wants to use outdated science in a constantly changing field to create a reductionist argument, then go for it I guess.

Nah , XX and XY chromosomes is not outdated science. It,s reality imo.
Pumping hormones into the body of a perfectly normal human is outdated pseudo science.


Google is your friend here – for starters do a little reading about XX male syndrome and Swyer syndrome, and then come back and we can talk about how things don’t fit into one of the two boxes you’d like to place them in…

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Black Person11

Please don’t parallel the plight of Africans and African Americans in this country to those of someone who thinks they can become the opposite sex. It is disrespectful to all black people and all of the black people who lost their lives solely because they were black. Thanks


I wonder if the black people who identify as trans would agree with your sentiment?


Serious question:

What happens when an athlete born male (with XY chromosome) but later identify himself as female and undergo sex change surgery.

Will she be allowed to compete as female even having XY chromosome?

The short answer: yes. And that individual with XY chromosomes usually steamrolls the other competitors with XX chromosomes. Andraya Yearwood, an individual with XY chromosomes who identifies as female, famously stole 2 Conneticuit State Track and Field Championship titles from girls with XX chromosomes. Nattaphon “Ice” Wangyot, another athlete with XY chromosomes who identifies as female, competed at the Alaska State Track and Field Championship and also came away with state titles.

See below for a couple articles about individuals with XY chromosomes competing against those with XX chromosomes:
1) http://www.theday.com/article/20170530/SPORT03/170539907
2) http://www.courant.com/sports/high-schools/hc-hs-cromwell-track-andraya-yearwood-0407-20170406-story.html
3) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11821399
4) http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/06/05/hs-track-athlete-was-born-male-but-identifies-as-female-and-took-home-3rd-place-in-the-girls-200-meter-dash-at-state-championships/
5) http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/06/07/mother-of-girl-who-lost-race-to-transgender-athlete-speaks-out-and-shes-furious/

SchoolingFTW – most of the world’s sporting organizations have standards in place for this now. The specific answer to your question will depend on what level and what sport you’re asking about.



In the case of schuylar baylar, I don’t feel it is fair that he has to compete against XY chromosome athletes.

In other cases such as mentioned by FAIR SPORT below, it is also not fair that an XY chromosome athletes can compete in XX chromosome athletes category.

I don’t know what the solution is. Maybe create separate categories?

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