Katie Sowers has marked history twice! Not only is she the first openly lesbian coach but she is only the second woman to get such a position in the league history.
When she talked about her homosexuality in an interview on OutSports, she talked about losing a job as a coach because of her sexual orientation in Goshen College, Indiana.
"That moment really impacted me because it was the first time I truly felt judged because of my sexual orientation," she said. "I was so passionate about coaching, and to feel like my opportunities were limited because of who I loved was hard to deal with. However, without that experience, I would not be where I am today."
As for the players of the 49ers’ and the other coaches, they don't care that she is a lesbian woman.
"She’s a coach. She’s my coach. She’s part of this organization, regardless of whatever preference," said Jeremy Kerley. "That’s how I’m going to come at it. That’s how I’m going to expect her to treat me. I have people in my family who are LGBT, and I respect that the same way I respect everyone else. If she did come out and say it, I’m proud of her, because that’s a big step. It’s a huge step in this environment."
"That (hire is) very simple. Our receivers coach, Mike LaFleur, came to me a couple weeks ago and ... said, 'Man, if there was any way you can keep her on throughout the year, she helps me a lot,' head coach Kyle Shanahan told The San Francisco Chronicle. "She gets along well with the players. The receivers respect her. ... When she said she’d be interested in staying throughout the year, that was a pretty easy decision for me."
The NFL has taken a stand against the anti-trans laws of North Carolina and Texas.
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