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22 out LGBTQ participants in the 2019 Women’s World Cup

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Ali Krieger, left, and Ashlyn Harris play for Team USA and are engaged.

21 players and a coach are among the out soccer players at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway in France, featuring 24 teams. Among them are 22 out gay, lesbian and bisexual women — 21 players and one coach.

It’s likely there are more lesbian and bisexual women on these teams than we know about, especially since some participating countries — like Nigeria, Cameroon and Jamaica punish homosexuality with prison time — and other countries still struggle with varying degrees of societal homophobia that may keep players closeted.

“While the men’s professional game has been reluctant to be fully inclusive and supportive of anyone within the game who identifies as LGBT, it’s generally regarded that football is much more accepting of women who are lesbian or bisexual,” Lindsay England, founder of Just A Ball Game, an organization that works to end anti-LGBT bias in soccer, told Outsports,

While there may be more out women than men in professional soccer (there were no out men at the 2018 World Cup), another disparity also exists between the two: The 2019 Women’s World Cup prize money is $30 million — 7.5% of the Men’s World Cup prize.

Out lesbian U.S. World Cup player Megan Rapinoe is part of a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for “tolerating a two-tiered, gender-based workplace, with its male soccer players enjoying better travel, superior playing conditions and even more food.”

Meanwhile, would-be female soccer players around the struggle to even make it onto the field because of institutional sexism that plagues countries around the world. That make the achievement of these women all the more important.

The list of publicly out women at the 2019 Women’s World Cup stands at 22. One engaged couple — Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger — play for the U.S. In 2015, the number of out participants was 18.

Please let us know if we missed anyone — you can tweet us @outsports or email us at outsports@gmail.com and please provide a link to where the player discussed her sexual orientation.

The out players

Lorena Benítez, Argentina

Rachel Daly, England

Katie Duncan, New Zealand

Magdalena Eriksson, Sweden

Nilla Fischer, Sweden

Adrianna Franch, USA

Ashlyn Harris, USA

Isabell Herlovsen, Norway

Michelle Heyman, Australia

Sam Kerr, Australia

Ali Krieger, USA

Stephanie Labbé, Canada

Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden

María Pilar León, Spain

Chloe Logarzo, Australia

Fernanda Pinilla, Chile

Megan Rapinoe, USA

Caroline Seger, Sweden

Hannah Wilkinson, New Zealand

Janine Van Wyk, South Africa

Tameka Yallop, Australia

The out coach

Jillian Ellis, USA

Hat tip to Brightest Young Things.

https://www.outsports.com/2019/6/11/18660301/out-gay-lesbian-bi-2019-women-world-cup-soccer

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