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Soccer player Kumi Yokoyama comes out as transgender: 'It would be harder to live closeted'

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https://t.co/Gi7btIAT7l— Washington Spirit (@WashSpirit) June 19, 2021Spirit manager Richie Burke expressed his heartfelt support for Yokoyama, who was an unused substitute in the team’s away game against the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday night.“We have no time for hate, we only have time for love in our football club,” the Scottish coach said following the 1-1 draw, adding that the club had been aware of Yokoyama’s transition upon their signing at the end of 2019 and offered its full backing. “I love Kumi, always will, and I’ll always have a special place for somebody with that mentality.“They are very brave, they are very committed to this process, and if that’s what they want to do I’m going to do whatever I can do to support them.

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