MBE Jess Fishlock’s impact on the LGBTQ+ community.

By Ben Thomas

On 5 April 2017, Jess Fishlock became the first Welsh player (female or male) to earn 100 caps for the national team. The midfielder was also named Welsh footballer of the year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019 as well as being a two times Champions League winner.

Despite being bullied at school for her sexuality, Fishlock went onto campaign for equal rights in the LGBTQ+ communities. Her hard work paid off in June 2018, as it was announced that Fishlock would be awarded with an MBE for her “services to football and the LGBT community”.

In December 2020, Fishlock was named a Stonewall Sport Champion. For those of you who don’t know what Stonewall is:

Stonewall is the UK’S leading LGBT equality charity that aims to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, know they’re not alone. Stonewall empower LGBT people to be their authentic selves, enabling them to realise and achieve their full potential, and they empower LGBT people and allies to create positive change.

Myself and Ellie Reynolds had the opportunity to speak to Jess Fishlock about her impacts on the LGBTQ+ community.

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