Gay Manchester City goalie is a 'homo hero'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A Manchester City footballer has been named a ‘homo hero’ for her support for gay and lesbian professional footballers.
Andrea Worrall, who works full-time as a neighbourhood housing manager for Northwards Housing, was named lesbian, gay or bisexual role model of the year at the Lesbian and Gay Foundation Awards last week.
Andrea is a goalkeeper for Manchester City Ladies FC and is currently the only ‘out’ LGBT player in the game at elite level in the UK.
She is patron of ‘Just A Ball Game?’, a charity which aims to combat homophobia in football. It aims to stamp out offensive chanting and works with young footballers to educate them about LGBT participation and inclusion in football.
Andrea managed to beat high-profile role models such as Clare Balding, John Amaechi and rugby player Gareth Thomas to the prize.
She said: “This was totally unexpected. I was very proud just to be nominated. I hope I can, as a patron of Just A Ball Game? be an inspiration to young LGBT people who want to play football and other sports and show that if you work hard and have support around you playing at the top level is something which you can achieve.”
Last year, Andrea was included in a list published by G3 magazine, called ‘The Top 85 Lesbians You Should Know’, joining well-known names like BBC News presenter Jane Hill and retail expert Mary Portas.
She said: “From a very young age, I just wanted to play football. It was at a time when there weren’t very many women’s teams out there, but I kept going and did well.
“I played at the old Wembley for Everton in the FA Cup and then played for Liverpool Ladies. You should never give up doing what you love just because of your sexuality or your gender.”