gay people. I still get messages every
day—it’s a bit overwhelming—some of
them from boys or young men asking
my advice on whether to come out.
How do I respond? Do I have a responsibility to respond? ;at’s kind of hard.
Why do you think women athletes
have come out in greater numbers?
I think they have the support within the
team. Now that so many girls have come
out, they know they can get that acceptance in the team. And that’s who you
care about—the team. Who cares if the
public doesn’t agree with me as a person,
or people I don’t know don’t like that I’m
gay? My teammates, the people who I’m
with every day, that’s who I care about.
;ere are tons of women [who have
come out]—there’s a ripple e;ect.
Do you want to play in Europe?
As a kid, I always did. It might not
happen, we’ll see. It would have been
interesting how my career would have
gone if I had chosen to play in Germany
right out of high school. I don’t think I
would have been ready for it. It would
have been a big wake-up call. My career
is just chugging along. I could probably
go to Europe and play second or third
division and love it. We’ll see how this
next year goes.
How about life after soccer?
It’s interesting. My goal was always to
be a professional soccer player. I never
set goals beyond that, so now that I’ve
achieved that, I have to figure the rest
out. I just got an A-minus on my thesis,
so I’m graduating now with my undergraduate degree from GW. I’ve been
taking part-time courses at GW for five
years now. I’ll have a degree in history.
When I left Wake to go pro for D.C.
United, I transferred my credits to GW,
and for the four seasons I was able to get
a lot of credits done. So for the last two
seasons in Minnesota I’ve been taking
online courses at GW. I’ve had an amazing professor, Tom Long, who helped me
with online courses. My thesis concerns
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