Grace Wilson is our first non-binary pro soccer player

Adelaide United player Grace Wilson comes out as non-binary
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Australian pro soccer player Grace Wilson is the first in the A-League to come out as non-binary, and they want to make it easier for other gender-diverse athletes.

The Adelaide United goalkeeper and Young Matildas player shared the big news and what being non-binary means to them on Friday.

“Every non-binary person experiences this differently,” Grace told Holly Ransom from Pride Cup in an interview (below).

“As a kid, I didn’t see that things were supposed to be for girls or boys but I was taught that as I grew up.”

Grace recalled non-binary musician G Flip’s coming out moment made them reflect on their own identity. The soccer player said sharing it publicly felt like “a huge weight has lifted”.

“For so long, I had felt something was different. Something was separating me from people and I couldn’t put my finger on it,” Grace said.

“Then finally understanding it’s because I’ve only existed in these gendered spaces as a non-gendered person.”

Grace Wilson said they had faced homophobia in the past and they were struggling more and more with being misgendered.

“I want to be fully myself, I want to fully embrace this and I want people to refer [to me] in ways that I’m comfortable with,” Grace explained.

“Being referred to as ‘they/them’ for the first time gave me this euphoric feeling.

“It’s a really important thing because you don’t realise how much of a difference it makes.”

Grace said they’d received a “phenomenal reaction” from teammates, management and staff at their club.

“The girls were lovely about it and I got a hug from every player. As soon as I said it, cheers, and applause – it was this lovely thing,” Grace said.

Adelaide United applauds Grace Wilson’s big news

Grace is a rising star in Australian soccer and they will play for the Young Matildas in the AFC Under-20 Women’s Asian Cup this month.

Adelaide United applauded Grace, with head of football Marius Zanin commending them for “sharing their authentic self with the world.”

The A-League club is also home to Josh Cavallo. When he came out as gay in 2021, he was the only out gay man playing top-flight soccer at that time.

Meanwhile, AFLW stars Darcy Vescio and Tori Groves-Little are also both non-binary.

Internationally, non-binary Canadian soccer player Quinn was the first to play a World Cup last year.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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