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Openly Lesbian Footballers in the UK and US

After a summer of success for the Lionesses, it’s hard not to wonder who’s on the same team as us – the loud and proud. Or just proud, we don’t all have to wear a rainbow to be a member. Some are discreet and that’s fine too. We take a look at the few below who are openly lesbian footballers (and queer).

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A list of openly out lesbian footballers

Jill Scott

To kick off the celebration of out-out footballers, we have to start with Jill Scott. What a year she’s had… first she was the longest-standing lioness before her retirement this year, and then she warms the hearts of everyone and is crowned Queen of the jungle when she featured in this year’s ‘I’m a celeb’, I mean unless you’ve lived under a rock you might not have known that part.

Jill and her fiancé live in the Manchester area and have a coffee shop together – pretty sure that most lesbians love language right there! After a great insight into her personality this year and a chance to hear her one-liners on the big screen, Jill has definitely bagged herself a seat at one of those ‘which famous people would you invite to dinner’ kind of nights. She might even deserve the head of the table! 

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Megan Rapinoe

Looking across the pond, Megan Rapinoe the US midfielder who is openly gay, speaks up for minorities and campaigns for equality as well as being one of the greatest on the pitch. She has even taken the US football association to court over gender pay!! Too right too, bring on equality babes.  

Megan is also an ambassador for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization that focuses on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports. There’s something super attractive about someone who stands up for what they believe while gearing up for a better future for others. What’s not to admire about a role model such as Megan?

Beth Mead 

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The Northern lass from Whitby, Beth Mead who has had a year of success, was awarded the golden boot in the Euros, she has also just won sport’s personality of the year. Beth was openly candid in a radio interview about not supporting the Men’s World Cup due to it going against all of her beliefs, which took some guts to speak so openly about.

Beth and her girlfriend Vivianne Miedema, a fellow Arsenal player are often sharing cute moments on social media. Meado’s cheeky finger poke at Viv’s lip in a game was adorable, haven’t seen it!? Head to Tiktok and have a look, their eye contact, and the smile that follows is as melting as a puppy in a party outfit. Sadly Beth & Viv have both injured their ACL, too cute how they are now nursing each other’s injuries. Wishing them both a speedy recovery. 

Alex Scott

Arsenal certainly turns out some absolute beauties, as ex-player now pundit Alex Scott recently released her book, in which she confessed to being in love with a fellow gunner as the two have a long-lasting relationship. Alex was open about how her sexuality about being bisexual (noted: not “lesbian” but we didn’t want to leave this legend out), and with over 1.7 million followers on Instagram, it’s incredible how she’s used her own life experience on social media to talk about her love life in such a way that will encourage others to feel comfortable in their own skin.

This article could turn into a book of its own if we were to name every lesbian player in football, it’s a hub of queer women. Some players haven’t outright announced their sexuality or relationships, but the eager-eyed amongst us all know about the shared dogs, holidays, and speculation. Lesbe honest it’s all our TikTok reels are filled with.

If you liked reading this article why not check out our interviews section where you can read more articles on inspiring queer females.

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Laura Walker
Laura Walker

Laura is a London based Creative Writer for Nonchalant Magazine.

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