A view of UFC fighter Molly McCann’s e-book “Be True To You”, printed on June 30, together with particulars of her choice to return out as homosexual, on this handout picture taken in Dublin, Eire on July 16, 2021. Petesy Carroll/Handout through REUTERS
July 16, 2021
LONDON (Reuters) – UFC fighter Molly McCann has confronted some robust opponents within the octagon, however it’s her wrestle earlier than popping out as homosexual that’s the topic of her new e-book “Be True To You”, which she has written to assist younger folks talk about their sexuality.
Recognized to followers as “Meatball”, the 31-year-old flyweight instructed Reuters that she had her six-year-old nephew in thoughts as she tried describe her wrestle for self-acceptance.
“It’s a brief illustrated story about me popping out, to see if I might help youngsters — principally it’s a 24-page story of me and my life and why I felt like I couldn’t come out, and why I did come out,” she mentioned forward of her battle with Ji Yeon Kim on Aug. 14.
“There’s an area in the back of the e-book, it’s about 4 pages lengthy, it says ‘right here’s a spot so that you can inform your story and to attract your story’. Coaches, social employees, lecturers, mother and father, these are the those who have gotten in contact with me and mentioned, ‘thanks in your e-book, I’m utilizing it with my little one’,” she added.
McCann, a former champion within the Cage Warriors promotion who holds knowledgeable MMA document of 10 wins and 4 losses, grew up in Liverpool and spent a few of her teenage years going to high school within the south coast city of Bournemouth.
A gifted footballer, who performed for each Bournemouth and Liverpool Girls and thought of knowledgeable profession, she mentioned that she by no means fitted the stereotype of a woman who preferred pink and performed with dolls.
“I used to be skitted (teased) from the age of 9, 10, 11 as a result of I performed sports activities – it was like, ‘Molly’s homosexual, lesbian, blah blah blah’. I used to be similar to, I’m not even entertaining that dialog, I’m simply going to go the opposite method – that’s to not say I went with all of the boys, I simply selected to not go close to anybody and to give attention to being knowledgeable footballer or fighter,” she mentioned.
‘WE ARE ONE’
McCann mentioned it was the sturdy bonds she fashioned along with her MMA coaching companions that helped her to return out on the age of 25.
“The explanation I got here out is that the health club I’m at now and one other health club, they made me really feel so comfy in my pores and skin that the insecurities didn’t matter anymore,” she mentioned, describing a tradition the place everyone seems to be equal.
“You may’t be the highest and one of the best at every part, you be taught to be accepting. The tradition is ‘we’re one’ – ethnicity, race, class, gender, sexuality type of actually doesn’t matter in my world and in what I do.”
Although popping out has negatively affected a few of her relationships, McCann says that on the entire her household had been very optimistic, together with her cousins who used to tease her when she was youthful.
McCann has lately taken on a job as ambassador for LGBT+ rights charity Stonewall, and one in every of her first initiatives is to take the rainbow laces worn by footballers and encourage boxers and fighters to lace up their gloves with them to boost consciousness.
She nonetheless will get homophobic abuse on social media, however McCann says that after going by means of her coming-out journey she finds it loads simpler to cope with now than in her teenage years and her early twenties.
“If the worst factor that you may say to me is that I’m homosexual, then what else have you ever bought for me? As a result of I don’t really feel unhealthy about who I’m.”
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Modifying by Toby Davis)