Sam Kerr is the hero I needed, growing up as a queer football fanatic in Australia

Watching the Matildas playing in their first Women’s World Cup semi-final came with heightened emotion from the start, but one thing almost sent me over the edge.

Nearly all of the country watched Sam Kerr score an exquisite goal that night, including her girlfriend (and USA midfielder) Kristie Mewis who was sitting near me in the stands.

That arguably the most famous and popular woman in Australia is an out lesbian feels like a major milestone of queer representation and excellence, and one that would have been a game-changer for me as a child.

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