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Katie Sowers is first out lesbian coach in NFL

Katie Sowers becomes the first out coach for a pro football team.
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Katie Sowers, assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers has made history.

This season she will not only become the NFL’s second full-time assistant female coach, she will also become the first openly gay pro team coach, male or female.

“No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” Sowers told Outsports. “There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.

“The more we can create an environment that welcomes all types of people, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, the more we can help ease the pain and burden that many carry every day.”

Sowers is definitely not new to the game. She played pro football in the Women’s Football Alliance with her twin sister Liz. Sowers also helped lead the U.S. to the women’s world title and a gold medal in 2013.

She told Outsports that she has big plans for the future in the game.  

“My goal is to be a head coach in the NFL or college. I love leading people and I have a passion for this game.”