How Many Matildas Are Gay? The Australia Women’s National Football Team has made it to the top of the charts yet again with another story of the players.
The players lined up in the tunnel beneath the Parramatta Stadium were supposed to play yet another friendly match with Spain, which is a common occurrence. But what was so uncommon about the whole scenario were the ‘Secret Rainbow Numbers’ on their jerseys.
The initiative taken by the Matildas during the international match made huge headlines. This was the first time in Sports history. The decision was aligned with the coinciding of the match dates with the 2023 Sydney World Pride.
Keep reading the article to uncover the story of the Maltidas and know more about how many Maltidas are gay.
How Many Maltidas Are Gay?
A lot of Maltidas came out as Gay and embraced their sexuality in the latest documentary based on the lives of the players. The documentary, ‘The World At Our Feet’ begins with the story of Sam Kerr, the captain. In the clip, Kerr can be seen cooking eggs for her girlfriend, UNSSWNT player Kristie Mewis. Further, the story moves to Tamerka Tallop, who is shown with her beautiful wife, former Football Ferm Kristy Yallop, and their lovely daughter.
Young star, Ellie Carpenter also makes an appearance with her date, Lyon teammate Daniëlle van de Donk. And lastly, Aston Villa’s Emily Gielnik is shown proposing to her long-time partner of the same sex.
The documentary touched the hearts of people all around the world. Sarah Walsh, who is Football Australia’s head of women’s football and was the face of the 2008 documentary, commented on the latest release and told Optus Sport that she enjoyed the show with her wife.
“I was, funnily enough, sitting next to my wife and we both picked up on how it was seamlessly integrated into the show as very normal and I think that was the beauty of it.”
Players talked about inclusivity in the documentary and discussed how to make it a safe place for LGBTQIA+ players, coaches, officials, and fans.
“To wear the Australian jersey is always a massive honor, but to wear the rainbow colors — something that I’ve always been proud and passionate about – is special”
The Documentary: Opening Doors For Inclusivity
This is not the first time that a documentary is directed on the life of Maltidas. An attempt was made in 2008 as well with the release of ‘Never Say Die’. However, the series focused very little on the personal lives of the players, and as some fans suggest, ignored the homosexual relations of the players. Only one relationship was featured in the series and that too was a heterosexual one.
Fast forwarding to 2023, the Disney+ sic-episode documentary focuses on queer relationships and tries to give the beautiful message of inclusivity to the world. The message of the Maltidas squad is ‘Yes, there are a lot of LGBTQ+ community members but that’s not the story’.
This is a big spet in the world of sports where homophobia became a common feature. This shackle is being challenged by sports players now.
According to Outsports, more than 40 LGBTQIA+ footballers took part in the women’s competition in Tokyo as well as the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Further, 13% of athletes in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, were gay or bisexual.
The Rainbow Pride numbers on the back of the jerseys screamed out that in the Maltidas’ team, no one gets left behind, and that every LGBTQIA+ person belongs in this world.