The internet reacts positively to boxing star Moloney’s transition

Joseph McCormick August 10, 2014
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There have been a range of reactions to manager of Lennox Lewis and UKIP candidate, formerly known as Frank Maloney’s announcement that she is trangender.

Kellie Maloney revealed in an interview with the Sunday Mirror that she felt she had always had a “female brain”, but that she feared coming out over how the boxing world would react.

Maloney, 61, told the Mirror that she now plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Maloney Mirror

She said: “I can’t keep living in the shadows, that is why I am doing what I am today. Living with the burden any longer would have killed me.”

Many media outlets continually referred to Maloney using male pronouns, using photographs of her before transition, and referring to “sex change operation”.

Despite this, the reaction on social media was overwhelmingly positive, with hundreds sending messages of support for the former boxing promoter.

Fellow former UKIP candidate, Nikki Sinclaire, who is also openly trans, sent her best wishes to Maloney

UKIP MEP for North West England Paul Nuttall also sent good wishes to his former colleague

Johnny Nelson a Sky Sports Boxing and Ringside Columnist and former WBO Cruiserweight Champion tweeted about Maloney’s announcement

Stonewall Scotland tweeted in support of the media coverage of Maloney’s coming out

And a friend of Maloney, Eric Hall, a football agent, made a joke as he showed support for her

Some picked up on the fact that male pronouns were often used in coverage of Maloney’s transition

But a majority of people applauded Maloney for her courage, including Nigel Collins, an ESPN boxing analyst

Boxing promoter Mickey Helliet jumped to Maloney’s defence for past comments

While some expressed surprise at the announcement, and despite a few transphobic comments, most social media commentary was in support of Maloney.

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