Former pro golfer Kendra Little describes gender-identity struggle and why she left sport

Before the video went up on Monday, fewer than 10 people knew Kendra Little’s deeply buried secret. In 13 minutes, 38 seconds, Little told the world via YouTube that she had been born with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, or AIS. She has the physical appearance of a female but the genetic makeup of a male.

The support poured in.

“They’re not texting and saying, ‘Hey, cool video,’ ” said Little. “They’re writing paragraph-long messages that are incredibly thoughtful and compassionate. People are just amazing.”

Kendall Dye, who played alongside Little on the Symetra Tour, was among those who reached out. Dye said she was heartbroken to learn of the burden Little had carried for so many years, calling her one of the best ball-strikers she’d ever seen. Dye often wondered why Little hadn’t dominated the developmental tour.

Little, 30, left professional golf four-and-a-half years ago in large part out of fear that a drug test would reveal her secret by showing higher levels of testosterone. She’d seen it play out in track and field and was terrified about facing the same controversy. The only solution she found was to walk away.

“If I had success, I…

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