Katie Sowers has become the first female and first openly gay coach to reach the Super Bowl after the San Francisco 49ers triumphed over the Green Bay Packers. Sowers – who is assistant coach on the team – will watch the 49ers compete next month at the Super Bowl LIV in Miami. 33-year-old Kansas native used to play football in the Women’s Football Alliance, but her experience of coaching counts3 seasons so far. Sowers became the first ever openly gay NFL coach in 2017. Back then she told Outsports that there are many LGBT+ people within the NFL, but not all of them feel comfortable about it. She is happy that she can be completely honest with herself and others about who she is. “The more we can create an environment that welcomes all types of people, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, the more we can help ease the pain and burden that many carry every day,” she said.