U.S. Olympic soccer player Megan Rapinoe Comes Out As Lesbian
It is becoming more and more commonplace to hear of athletes finally coming out. We've probably got a long way to go before we get closeted major league sports stars feeling comfortable enough to announce their sexuality to the world. I think, however we are approaching a tipping point. We are winning the values war, whether the religious right likes it or not!
U.S. Olympic soccer player Megan Rapinoe is speaking frankly about her sexuality in a new interview with Out, telling the magazine that she is a lesbian and in a committed relationship with a woman.
While her statement may seem bold, the 27-year-old Rapinoe told Out's Jerry Portwood that she'd just never been asked directly. "I think they were trying to be respectful and that it’s my job to say, ‘I’m gay,’ she said. "Which I am. For the record: I am gay.”
Rapinoe, who's been dating her girlfriend -- identified in the magazine only as an Australian soccer player -- for three years, also took time to chat about homophobia in sports and, more specifically, female athletes' perspective on the subject.