US soccer player and Olympic squad memberáMegan Rapinoe has revealed that she is a lesbian in a new interview with Out Magazine.
“I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out,” she says. “I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want — they need — to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A.”
Not that Rapinoe has been hiding anything; it’s just that no one ever asked her directly. “I think they were trying to be respectful and that it’s my job to say, ‘I’m gay.’ Which I am. For the record: I am gay,” she says. In fact, Rapinoe’s been dating her girlfriend, an Australian soccer player, for three years, and even brought her home to visit her family in Northern California last Christmas.
While there have been concerted efforts by various sporting leagues to try and stem homophobia and encourage players to come out, top flight football has seemed to resist this call. As such, Rapinoe’s quiet admission of this fact is significant.
Rapinoe, a midfielder for the Seattle Sounders Women, uses the rest of the interview to focus on the celebrity she has garnered during her career and how she has sort to turn that spotlight back onto women’s football so as to bring the game more attention and support.
Rapinoe also discusses her “flashy” style of play.