Winters married her girlfriend in October 2015 and their wedding looked super cute on Instagram.Twitter: @Jess Fishlock Instagram: @jessfishlock Fishlock is also a midfielder for the Reign.But first, here’s a look at Kai playing for Sky Blue: And some cool photos from a recent promotional photoshoot for the league: You can see more photos of Natasha at Sky Blue’s official site, where you can also find game dates and ticket info.
Now she is playing an integral role for Sky Blue in the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer.
Kai has quickly become one of the most recognizable female soccer players in the world and recently raised that profile (if that is possible!
Fun fact: Steph obsessively watched all but three games of World Cup 2014 and plans to do the same for the Women’s World Cup this summer.
Kai came out publicly just before the start of the Olympics, when she revealed in an interview with that she had “a hard time” when she initially joined in January.
Soccer Athlete of the Year Award and was awarded the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. She and Abby live in Portland with their many animals. Natasha Kai accidentally came out in an interview with while talking about a nasty break-up with her then girlfriend that had put her job on the line.
She plays alongside out teammate, Sarah Huffman, for the Portland Thorns.
Being an out lesbian soccer/football player in 2015 has to be a lot easier than it was ten, even five years ago. She is also an ambassador for , a nonprofit focused on ending homophobia and transphobia in sports. It doesn’t look like she’s playing club level anymore, but you can always google her to see more photos.
There is more acceptance in women’s sports than ever before (though we still aren’t quite where we should be). Not only did she come out ahead of the 2012 Olympics in London in an interview with Out Magazine, but she’s done philanthropic work for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the U. She is currently in a relationship with Sub Pop recording artist Sera Cahoone. Meleana Shim, the youngest out player on this list (she’s 23), came out in an Out interview in 2013 saying that “[She is] very gay.” She is incredibly active as a volunteer in the community, and even states that she is a lesbian on her Athlete Ally profile.
This is the Orlando Pride’s first season in the NWSL, which is awesome because it hopefully means the league is sustainable and expanding.
This being the fourth season is a pretty big deal considering the last professional league in the United States, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), folded in 2012 after its third season. Teams have one to four (lookin’ at you, Portland) players who also have steady spots on the USWNT.
Le Peilbet gives a little background on Kai: The Kahuku, Hawaii, native has been attracting attention since earning her first cap for the United States women’s senior national team early in 2006 — becoming the only woman from Hawaii to pull on a United States jersey.