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Megan Rapinoe, US Soccer Player, Comes Out

Megan Rapinoe, US Soccer Player, Comes Out

 

US soccer player and Olympic squad memberMegan Rapinoe has revealed that she is a lesbian in a new interview with Out Magazine.

Says Rapinoe in the interview:

“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.

You can read the full interview here.

 

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8:56PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

People must come out and tell people they are LBG(I took off the T because that's way more personal and should be up to the person if they feel comfortable telling people that) because people still assume that everyone they meet is hetereo and hate anyone who isn't.

8:01AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

I don't judge a person by this but by what kind of person they are, and if their kind to animals!

7:59AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Just face it.........There are so many LGBTQ people that you come in contact with, on a daily basis, and it hasn't ruined the world, yet!

10:37AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Yes, it would be nice if one's sexuality were not noteworthy, but in reality people are still experiencing discrimination, hatetred and violence because of it. In spite of this, Megan chooses to be courageous and take a stand against bigotry. So yes, courage is news worthy and deserving of illumination, in hopes that attitudes and perceptions can be changed. Go Megan, I'll be rooting for you and the entire US womens soccer team in London this month.

9:20AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

To the people posting negative comments about this article: you would have been hilarious, were you not plain sad.

8:29AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

"straight people don't make 'announcements'" Really?!? Almost every Sunday in the local newspaper there are people announcing they are STRAIGHT and choosing to HAVE SEX with someone of the opposite sex. The newspaper even calls it wedding and engagment ANNOUNCEMENTS!! So actually for the sake of equality gay people should announce they are gay.

7:06AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thanks Megan you given hope to many LBGT youth. @Steve R. get a life and if you don't like what you read don't click on the article to begin with and until you have been the victim of discrimination you have no idea how important this news is to us in the LBGT community. Thank you Steve for the for posting this important info.

1:13AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Such a good role model.

5:29PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Good for her, good for soccer!

4:26PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thank you Megan Rapinoe! What you have just done for LGBT youth is truly amazing. (Thanks Steve for the article!)

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