Although the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, the team broke history today. The 49ers’ offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers has officially become the first woman and openly gay person to coach at the Super Bowl.
I’ll admit that I’m not a football fan nor do I follow it but this is monumental for the league. It was the reason I wanted the 49ers to win was for her. Sorry to the team but [insert shrugging emoji]. My little bi heart was very happy to see some representation on the sidelines. What Sowers coaching means for the NHL, football, and for fans, is more than the Super Bowl.
She is an inspiration to thousands of people everywhere. She’s broken a number of barriers and has made it so far. Even though the 49ers lost, this is a monumental step forward for women and the LGBTQ+ community and this goes even further than that. Now there are kids all over the world who can look up to Katie Sowers and know that they have a shot.
Sowers is in a commercial with Microsoft that frankly gives me chills every time I watch it. Growing up she wanted to play football but she never had the chance because she is a woman. She was denied a job as a volunteer coach for an amateur basketball team because she is an out lesbian. Sowers was told: “because of your lifestyle, we ask that you do not come around the team.” (x)
Despite being shut down and told she couldn’t do it, she still did. She fought tooth and nail to get where she is and now, her team battled for the biggest title in football.
This is one of those times where things that happen are so much bigger than the sport.
Here is a great in-depth interview with Sowers from 2017.
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