Liz Carmouche is UFC’s first openly gay fighter
Having served in Iraq as a marine and during the time of the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell,” era. Liz Carmouche has come from being a closeted lesbian to accepting her sexuality and feeling comfortable with it. Liz says she went from struggling with her identity to hiding her sexuality. Liz said, “Anyone they suspected of being gay, they automatically treated as a scapegoat. There was nothing positive in terms of anything homosexual,” she says of her former marine peers.
Though, the UFC has had a history of being anti-gay the signing of Liz shows progression within the sport. Still, the question remains will the UFC ever sign an openly gay male fighter or will one of their current fighters feel comfortable enough to come out if there is a closeted male fighter already. This remains to be seen but for now the UFC does have its first openly gay fighter in Liz Carmouche.
It wasn’t always easy for Liz as she was faced with negativity about her lifestyle while serving in the marines. So when she left the service she wondered will she be accepted as an out lesbian. She would be in fact entering herself into a male dominated sport, where egos seemingly run high. Instead she was faced with the opposite reaction that her former marine peers showed.
On MMAFighting.com in July Liz made this statement; “I thought I’d come into contact with some stereotypical person who’s anti-homosexuality, whether it be men or women. But I found the opposite. All they care about is a good, quality person who’s a good training partner. Apart from that, what you do with your personal life, they really don’t care.”
Liz Carmouche has come a long way and today is more confident as a fighter and as an open lesbian. She admits that it wasn’t easy to get to this point in her life and says that there is no amount of money to make her want to go back into the closet. She’s finally at a stage in her life where she is happy with who she is and despite her past difficulties she has discovered her sexuality and what it means to her as a person.
Now Liz Carmouche’s main focus is on her fight with Ronda Rousey for the UFC’s first ever female fight in Anaheim, California at the Honda Center on February 23.
– Kelly J Newson