If you haven’t figured out who you’re cheering for in the Super Bowl — no, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are not teams to cheer for you guys — here’s a little something to tip the scales. For the first time ever, one of the teams posts an openly queer coach.
Katie Sowers, who is an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, will make history when she steps on the field. Having been with the 49ers for just two seasons, she will become the first female, and the first openly LGBTQ+ assistant coach to work at the event according to USA Today. She previously worked with the Atlanta Falcons.
Sowers had previously made history as the first openly queer coach in NFL history. At the time, she was the sport’s second full-time assistant female coach and the first LGBTQ+ coach in all male pro team sports.
““No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” she told Outsports when asked why she is discussing her sexual orientation publicly for the first time in 2017 “There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.
“The more we can create an environment that welcomes all types of people, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, the more we can help ease the pain and burden that many carry every day.”
Sowers was a football player herself, playing pro ball in the Women’s Football Alliance. During that time she was a part of a team that won the women’s world title in 2013.