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
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!
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?
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 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.
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. So when you ask yourself, ‘Is Alex Scott gay?’ the answer is that Alex was open about her sexuality 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. It’s been reported that she’s now dating the lovely Jess Glynn – much love to you both gals.
Magdalena Eriksson is a Swedish international footballer who plays as a defender for Chelsea FC Women in the FA Women’s Super League. She came out publicly as gay in 2018 and has been a prominent figure in advocating for LGBTQ+ inclusion in football.
Tierna Davidson is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL and the United States women’s national team. Davidson publicly came out as gay in 2019 and has since been open about her experiences as an LGBTQ+ athlete.
Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris
Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are both American professional soccer players who play as defenders. They were married and came out as a couple in 2019. Both have represented the United States women’s national team and currently play for Orlando Pride in the NWSL. Sadly, recently it was reported that they have since filed for divorce with Ashlyn Harris now dating Sophia Bush.
Caitlin Foord is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Arsenal in the FA Women’s Super League and the Australia national team, the Matildas. She is considered one of the best players in the world and has played in two World Cups and two Olympic Games. Foord has never publicly stated her sexual orientation. However, she has been in a relationship with Swiss footballer Lia Wälti since 2016. The couple has been photographed together on numerous occasions and has spoken about their relationship in the media.
Lina Mona Andréa Hurtig is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for English Women’s Super League club Arsenal and the Sweden women’s national team. Lina is an openly gay footballer and is married to Lisa Hurtig.
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.
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Last Updated on 26th November 2023 by Nonchalant Magazine