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Two of Mexico’s most famous female soccer players tie the knot

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
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Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
After several years of keeping their relationship a secret, soccer stars Bianca Sierra and Stephany Mayor tie the knot in style. Photo: Courtesy

Pro-soccer stars Bianca Sierra and Stephany Mayor announced over social media that they have married. 

The couple has released several photos on Instagram to celebrate their union, which has almost universally been celebrated by fans. 

The teammates and now-married couple met in 2015 while playing on Mexico’s national team in a qualifiers match for the World Cup. 

Not feeling like they were ready to undergo the scrutiny their relationship would bring, the pair opted to spend a few years playing in Europe for clubs in Iceland and Norway. 

When Sierra and Mayor returned to Mexico in 2019 they announced their engagement, which was met with much derision from their team’s general manager, Leo Cuéllar.

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“It was a very difficult time, but despite everything, our love has prevailed and grown even stronger,” Sierra told Milenio.

Currently, Sierra and Mayor play for Nuevo Leon’s Tigres soccer club and say that they are also preparing to represent Mexico in New Zealand’s 2023 female soccer World Cup. 

The couple expressed the hope that their story gives strength to other couples struggling to come out, especially those in the public eye.

Though a handful of pro-soccer players have recently come out of the closet around the world, most recently Jake Daniels of the UK’s Blackpool squad, fans of the sport have not historically been known to be very accepting. 

But recent events suggest that even in markets where attitudes towards the LGBTQ community remain rather backward — Eastern Europe and Latin America, for example — attitudes are beginning to change significantly. 

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