Matildas’ striker Michelle Heyman and partner May Yousif ready to rock the red carpet

Matildas’ striker Michelle Heyman and partner May Yousif ready to rock the red carpet
September 1, 2014 Coordinate

Article courtesy of The Daily Telegraph

MAY Yousif is certainly not your typical WAG.

But the Wollongong writer and actor looks right at home on the arm of one of Australia’s most impressive sportswomen, Matildas striker Michelle Heyman.

Canberra co-captain Heyman, 28, and ­Yousif, 25, are gearing up to rock the red carpet at the Dolan Warren awards on May 1 — football’s equivalent to AFL’s Brownlows and rugby league’s Dally Ms.

Heyman was crowned the sports personality of the year at the first Australian LGBTI awards in Sydney earlier this month and was the only openly gay athlete to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics.

The couple, who have known each other for eight years and have been together for 18 months, said they were thrilled to see the positive reaction of the sporting world to the photo of female Australian Football League footballer Erin Phillips kissing her wife Tracy Gahan at the AFLW awards last month.

“It was nice of the AFL to capture that ­moment,” Heyman said, “but it was crazy how big it got simply because of two women kissing, because it was so normal in our eyes.

“It’s a great thing to see because maybe the older generation and the world of sport needed to see females stepping out of what is expected of them.”

Yousif said she wouldn’t be surprised if she and Heyman were caught in a similar public display of affection at the awards.

“I don’t think we’ll be able to help it because we’re generally quite affectionate anyway,” Yousif said.

Heyman said she feels fortunate to be a role model.

“I think it’s a good thing to see same-sex couples do what everyone else does,” she said.

“I love being ourselves and being able to be in the public eye and be comfortable with who we are because I believe the more we do that the more normal it becomes.”