Four decades later, as Jenner stands in the foreground of a surging discussion about gender identity issues, Richards says she has never considered herself an activist so much as a star athlete and a devoted doctor. She identifies herself as a "transexual woman" over the umbrella "transgender" tag, and she fully expects the label to appear in her obituary before any mention of her careers as a tennis player and opthalmologist. The LGBT community has revered her as a pioneer since she underwent gender reassignment surgery, in , but the year-old told the magazine she wears the label with reluctance. No, I don't," Richards said. Richards, who was born male, changed her name from Richard Raskind after her transformation and defiantly went on to take the court as a woman in the US Open.