First Gay Female to Officiate NFL Super Bowl

Amanda Palazzolo, Author and Writer

Katie Sowers; a 33-year-old woman getting the chance to officiate a Super Bowl. She was an offensive assistant coach; under Kyle Shanahan the offensive coach, with the San Francisco 49ers since 2017. When she joined the 49ers in June, 2017 she was apart of the Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship, when she worked with San Francisco’s wide receivers. She began her American football career playing in the Women’s Football Alliance. When she retired, she joined the National Football League in 2016 as a coach for the Atlanta Falcons training camp. Upon joining the 49ers in 2017, Sowers became the first LGBTQA coach in the NFL when she publicly came out before the 2017 NFL season. She was once rejected for even volunteering as a coach position because of her “lifestyle”, but now Katie Sowers is making NFL history for being the first lesbian female assistant coach heading to the Super Bowl. But she is the second woman to be coaching in the Super Bowl. 

Sowers then won against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday securing the team a spot in the championship game on Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Now the 49ers will face the Kansas City Chiefs for the NFL Super Bowl win!  

In an interview with Outsports she says, “No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” also, “ 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.”  Katie Sowers just wants to show LGBTQ athletes and fans what is possible, but also show the sports world that no matter what you identify as you are a valuable part of the community. 

 

Sites: 

  1.  https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/katie-sowers-make-nfl-history-first-openly-gay-female-coach-n1119441 
  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katie_Sowers