Matildas star Chloe Logarzo is proudly gay, and she won’t let her haters force her to hide who she really is.
The 27-year-old striker, who has represented Australia more than 50 times at senior level and has played in top leagues around the world, is accustomed to vile comments both online and in person.
And that’s exactly why it’s so important that one of the best soccer players in the country refuses to hide how joyfully she faces life alongside her fiancée McKenzie Berryhill, whom she played with in the US Women’s National Soccer League. USA (NWSL).
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia at the launch of the women’s A-League season, in which she will play for new expansion team Western United, Logarzo said she is not pushing any agenda, just staying true to herself.
Matildas star Chloe Logarzo (left, pictured with fiance McKenzie Berryhill) told Daily Mail Australia that she just wanted to live her life as a proud gay person and be a role model for young gay people.
Chloe Logarzo, who plays for Western United this season in the Women’s A-League, has also represented the Matildas this week
“I grew up not knowing anyone who was gay, literally knowing no one, even though they clearly existed. I had no avenue to express my true self and felt like I was alone,” she said of raising her in Sydney in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
‘I don’t want to share an advocate in a way that I’m putting pressure on people. I just live my life without lying to people about it, because I don’t want to hide who I really am.
‘If you want to be offended by something, you can be offended, but that’s up to you and it’s your choice, it’s not a reflection on me.
“I’m just living my life and bringing a positive attitude… (and) giving back to the world what I would like to see.”
After beginning his professional career with Sydney FC in 2011, Logarzo has spent extensive time playing in the NWSL, Sweden, Norway and the English Super League, enjoying experiencing all that life has to offer.
Chloe Logarzo (left) and her fiancée McKenzie Berryhill (right) travel around the world as part of Logarzo’s professional soccer career
Unfortunately, despite feeling so comfortable in her own skin now and trying to be a role model for the next generation, it wasn’t always that easy.
“I told my parents I was gay when I was 17. They were a bit stunned and unemotional in any way,” Logarzo wrote for the magazine. The athlete’s voice in 2018.
‘That wasn’t good enough for me. I assumed it meant they didn’t approve when all they were really trying to do, as I realized much later, was deal with the initial shock and process what I had told them.
“Some of my other friends weren’t instantly accepting of my news and I said to myself, ‘I’ll get rid of you guys.'”
The diminutive forward represented Football Australia and the A-Leagues at Mardi Gras earlier this year, and is clearly fully aware of what her LGBTQI+ advocacy can mean for young girls. It is nothing less than saving lives.
Chloe Logarzo marching at the 2022 Mardi Gras at the SCG representing Football Australia and the A-Leagues
“I wish I had (LGBTQI+) role models who could be here and experience this and know that they are loved and united,” she said after marching around the SCG.
‘If you are out there and you feel alone, just know that you are accepted and loved. There are people out there who want you to be loved, to feel safe and supported.
Unfortunately, gay men and women often don’t feel safe or supported. LGBTIQ+ Australia’s 2021 report on mental health and suicide prevention found that 16-27 year olds were five times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual people.
Chloe Logarzo (left) announced that her partner McKenzie Berryhill had said yes to his marriage proposal in August 2021
When ‘Manly Seven’ member Josh Aloiai recently referred to homosexuality as a ‘lifestyle choice’, something Logarzo told Daily Mail Australia was ‘terribly offensive’, many faced a torrent of abuse in social networks for daring to speak.
Logarzo said the number of messages he’s received saying he’s saved someone’s life, or made someone finally comfortable with their sexuality, makes it all worth it.
“The amount of DMs I get in my Instagram inbox asking how you knew (that you were gay), what you did, all that kind of stuff, it’s unbelievable,” he said.
“I never had anything like that growing up, so it’s really special to be able to give back and be that person for the girls in particular.”
NBL star Isaac Humphries came out as gay on Wednesday in an emotional video of the Melbourne United player speaking to his teammates.
It’s a sentiment that has become even more important in recent days, with NBL star Isaac Humphries coming out as gay in an emotional speech to his teammates.
‘It’s a truth about me that I’ve wanted to deny for a long time, but now I feel comfortable telling you everything. That truth is that I am gay,’ she said in the video, which was released on Wednesday.
I have been through some extremely dark times during this journey, but I have experienced tremendous growth and am now happy with who I am.
“I think it’s definitely time to make a change and set an example for the next generation that they can be whatever they want while still being true to themselves.”
Humphries, who plays for Melbourne United, is only the second active male player in one of Australia’s top sports leagues to come out as gay, joining A-League player Josh Cavallo.
“All I want to do is play football and be treated equally,” Cavallo said in an emotional video presentation last October.
A simple enough request, but one ignored by far too many people, including Qatar’s World Cup ambassador Khalid Salman, a former Qatar international, who called homosexuality “a damage to the mind.”
The treatment of LGBTQI+ people and athletes has certainly been under the microscope given that the next World Cup will take place in oppressive Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal and those who engage in same-sex sexual relations can be jailed. up to seven years.
Fortunately, players like German superstar Leon Goretzka are expressing, despite the risk of doing so, that anti-gay sentiment is not okay.
“That’s not what we (German players) want to represent and exemplify,” he said in response to Salman’s “damaged mind” comments.
‘It is absolutely unacceptable to make such a statement. It is very oppressive.
‘This is the image of a man who comes from another millennium. It blows your mind that something like that could be said by a World Cup ambassador shortly before a World Cup,’ said a furious Goretzka.
German superstar Leon Goretzka condemned anti-gay comments by a Qatari World Cup ambassador who referred to homosexuals as “damaged minds”.
Angie Greene, executive director of Stand Up Events, a nonprofit incorporated association dedicated to combating homophobia, particularly in sport, said while things are headed in the right direction, more needs to be done.
“In terms of whether we’re talking about governing bodies like the AFL, Tennis Australia, NBL, he’s first in Australia and second in the whole world and we’re talking about 2022,” he said. CASE 101.1 Thursday morning.
“We have done research with Monash University and the statistics are absolutely terrifying. There are still 50 percent of gay youth who intentionally exclude themselves from male-dominated team sports because they don’t feel safe or included, so providing this visibility is huge.
Logarzo’s Western United will play their first game in a blockbuster fixture against reigning champions Melbourne Victory on Saturday afternoon, while the World Cup kicks off at 3am Monday (AEDT) with a game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.