This is the gayest World Cup ever (and no one’s batting an eyelid)


There are about 100 openly LGBTQ+ players and coaches across the tournament’s expanded 32 teams, according to counts by LGBTQ+ publications. One of those, Autostraddle, noted that the tournament “just might be the most openly queer sporting event in history.” The impact for the queer community – not just here but around the world – can’t be underestimated, said Beau Newell, Pride in sport national program manager with ACON, an LGBTQ+ health not-for-profit. “These women in the World Cup currently, they’re the catalyst for change. These athletes are proving that they can be their authentic selves and that doesn’t compromise their success,” he said.

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