Yaz Woodford

“In my experience your sexuality just does not matter in women’s football … it’s all about being a great player or a great team mate, it really is all about the football. For me, I just enjoyed playing and no one around me has ever cared about the other stuff and that’s been a massively positive experience for me. At …

Sol Taylor

“Football helped me massively with coming out. At 14 I moved to Stockport Ladies at a time when I was learning more about my sexuality. At 16 I moved to Manchester United and there were some older girls who really helped me. They accepted me at a time when I really needed it. I became one of them and part …

Robert Graham

“I perceived that being gay would be how I’d seen it on TV, a show world, with camp, gay role models who were effeminate, out-going and not sporty, not normal and not like me. For me, at 17 or 18, normal was going out with mates, drinking, pulling girls and loving playing football. I joined a team in the Heavy …

Luke Shepherd

“I wasn’t confident at school and that was pretty much all about my sexuality. I kept myself to myself because I wasn’t sure how people would take it. I didn’t come out to my family until I was 19. I was part of Middlesborough’s academy while at school but when that ended I played junior football for school and a …

Jonathan Ball

“Until I was 14 my life revolved around comic books, computers and consoles. I got a season ticket and then football became a massive part of my life. My life was football and within a couple of years I was playing in goal for open-age teams. I knew I was gay and was confident with it but it definitely caused …

Jack McLean

“I realised I was gay when I was 18 and although there had been some hints before it was pretty much a bolt out of the blue. It was difficult for people I had grown up with but it has never been a problem at university and work. I played football for a boys team up to under-17 after which …

Georgia Tsakiri

“I was born in Chicago and lived there with my Greek parents until I was eight. We moved back to Athens and I lived there until I came to England to attend Liverpool University. My upbringing was very traditional and strict, my family’s values revolved around the church. In our culture, family life is really important. Aged 13 I didn’t …

Aeris Houlihan

Who are you? Please introduce yourself … “I am the girl who fought to become her true self. My name is Aeris Houlihan and I am a transgender woman who chose to fight against the status quo to promote equality in football.” Why couldn’t you play? Why is it important for you to play? “Because the governing body had an …

Abbie Thomas

“I am fully out at work and to my family and friends. Some people in my family are not comfortable with it. I do get jokes and banter about it at work which is not great but I guess I’m used to it. It is easier to be out in a football environment because we don’t look at each other …