‘Kids Who Are Literally Committing Suicide’- American Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Sends a Strong Message Regarding LGBTQ Youngsters

Published 11/13/2022, 8:11 AM EST
MANHATTAN, NY – JULY 10: Megan Rapinoe #15 of United States gives an impassioned speech on the steps of City Hall after the ticker tape parade down Broadway and through the through the Canyon of Heroes,. This celebration was put on by the City of Manhattan to honor the team winning the 2019 FIFA World Cup Championship title, their fourth, played in France against Netherlands, at the City Hall Ceremony in the Manhattan borough of New York on July 10, 2019, USA. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

Megan Rapinoe is among the most successful athletes in the world. She has played in three World Cups with the USWNT, winning twice. Rapinoe is also an Olympic gold medallist with the US women’s side. She has achieved almost every feat any woman soccer player would dream of. However, she is ready to give that all up if it could mean that LGBTQ+ youngsters feel included in the sports industry.

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Rapinoe and Sue Bird are in a relationship for six years now. They have faced a lot of criticism and backlash in the past, but they managed to get past them through each other’s support. However, Rapinoe feels that many LGBTQ+ youngsters don’t feel included in sports and they have to suffer a lot after coming out.

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USWNT star Megan Rapinoe publicly came out a decade ago when she announced her relationship with Australian soccer player Sarah Walsh. However, they split in 2013, a year after Rapinoe’s announcement. Rapinoe then dated Sera Cahoone and got engaged to her in 2015. Things didn’t work out with Cahoone and their wedding was put on hold. Rapinoe started dating basketball star Sue Bird in 2017 and the couple has been together since.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Women – Gold medal match – United States v Japan – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 8, 2021. United States soccer player Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird of the United States celebrate after the match REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Sue Bird retired from WNBA as the joint-most successful player in the league’s history. Rapinoe, however, is still playing and recently scored a gold for USWNT in their shocking loss to Germany. However, the couple cares a lot about the LGBTQ+ community and feels inclusion is the best way forward for them.

Megan Rapinoe discusses issues surrounding LGBTQ+ youngsters

Rapinoe and Sue Bird have been vocal about their opinion on the LGBTQ+ community. Rapinoe has used her influence on several platforms to raise awareness on this matter. In a June interview with Hypebae, Rapinoe opened up on the importance of sports and the problems LGBTQ+ youngsters face.

“I believe starting with inclusion is the best and first step, we can figure the rest out later,” Rapinoe told Hypebae. “As I said, sports are not the most important thing in the world — by a long shot. It’s actually just a game and a made-up industry that doesn’t really affect the world that much, but we’re putting that over people’s lives, kids who are literally committing suicide because people are telling them that they’re sinful or wrong. To me, it’s just not sane whatsoever. It’s monstrous.”

Rapinoe also claimed that she had decided with her partner that they would trade their silverware if the community gets to play sports. Rapinoe came out in 2012 and she knows her journey to the top. She wants sports to include people from every community.

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Rapinoe’s partner Sue Bird came out in 2017 when she announced her relationship with the USWNT star. The couple announced their engagement in 2020. They also made it to the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue”. Their journey over the years is nothing short of inspiring to many, including the LGBTQ+ community.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

Edited By: Sreeda U M

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