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Pro soccer player Christine Nairn comes out as gay on her blog

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Christine Nairn, shown in 2016 playing for the Melbourne Victory in Australia.
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Christine Nairn, a pro soccer player with the Seattle Reign of the NWSL, has come out publicly as gay in a post on her blog, Finding My Euphoria.

In the post, “What Even Is Normal,” Nairn, 27, discusses a lists of things society deems normal, before writing that she is no longer going to conform to that role.

I am done with living a life that is acceptable to someone else’s standards of “normal”. As a female, it is not “normal” to prioritize your life around a sport. I do. It is not “normal” to only live in an area for 6 months because you have to go to your next season. I do. It is not “normal” to miss holidays with the family because you are playing soccer. I do. It is not “normal” to be gay. I am. It’s not “normal” to not know what you want to do with your life. I don’t. The list goes on and on, but it shouldn’t matter because what even is normal?

I like Nairn’s approach to listing her being gay among a whole host of things that make her unique. At the bottom of the post, she included a picture of herself as a child in a pink Power Ranger’s outfit.

Let’s hope that Nairn continues to live a life that is far from normal, but authentic for her.

You can follow Nairn’s blog, which also has links to her social media.