Out U.S. Women's National Soccer Team player Megan Rapinoe has joined GLSEN's (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project to help create a safe environment for kids who fall under all sexual orientations and gender identity / expressions to participate in athletics and physical education.
Rapinoe (or Pinoe as her shippers refer to her) came out prior to the Olympics in Out magazine last summer, and the midfielder has since been honored by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center for her visibility. Plus, she was voted SheWired's Woman of the Year by our readers.
In a video for GLSEN's Think Before You Speak campaign Rapinoe discusses the importance of language, especially within the sports world.
"It's about using negative and hurtful language, and I think it has been pretty prominent around sports," Rapinoe says about the campaign.
She goes on to say that she's essentially happy to use her celebrity for good.
"If I can stand on a platform and use the popularity that I have and that the team has to make people more aware and to make this place more accepting for more people is something that I'm really, really proud to do," Rapinoe says.
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