Olympic Gold Medalist Megan Rapinoe Joins GLSEN

Published on The Seattle Lesbian on January 28, 2013

Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe has joined the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Rapinoe is helping to promote Changing the Game, a project that advocates athletics in K-12 schools that’s based on respect, safety and equal access for all regardless of gender identity and expression.

Rapinoe became the first soccer player on the current U.S. Women’s National Team to publicly come out as a lesbian in July 2012. She registered among the 23 out-athletes in a pool of over 10,490.

Rapinoe was awarded the 2012 L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Board of Directors Award for “proudly and bravely using her international platform to come out,” according to the Center.

Now, the proud athlete has released a video in an attempt to nudge fellow athletes to support banning hurtful language in a place that homophobia is fairly prominent.

“The positive things about having spotlight and having people be interested in our team is [that] we get to participate with groups and companies that we believe in and we are passionate about,” Rapinoe said in her video.

Congrats Rapinoe, keep using your powers for good.

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