Role Models Inspire: Shiho Shimoyamada

As numerous outlets have reported, late in March professional footballer and SV Meppen player Shiho Shimoyamada cane out as gay, stating that she wanted to inspire other LGBTQ sportspeople to come out as well.

Shimoyamada recorded a video alongside out LGBTQ Japanese sportspeople, detailing the role her sports team played in helping her come into her own, realise her identity and find relief and affirmation in her identity as a gay woman. She also spoke encouragingly about the process of coming out and finding friends and allies within sport as well as the importance of LGBTQ visibility and representation within sport.

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