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US Women's Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Confirms She's Gay in Out

US Women's Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Confirms She's Gay in Out

US Women’s National Soccer team midfielder Megan Rapinoe came out as gay in an interview for Out Magazine’s sports issue. She opened up about her sexuality, her relationship status, and her crush on actress Tilda Swinton.

While Rapinoe has never hidden her sexuality she’s also never been asked publicly, she told Out. “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,” Rapinoe said.

But sorry ladies, she’s taken. She’s been dating her girlfriend, an Australian soccer player, for three years.

And now that she’s out to the world, Rapinoe opened up about her obsession with Swinton. “I’m totally obsessed with Tilda Swinton,” Rapinoe said. “She has this strange, beautiful sexiness about her. I love everything she does. And I love her hair. It was a little bit of an inspiration for mine.”

The US Women’s National Soccer team played its final international friendly of the pre-Olympic season against Canada in Utah over the weekend, beating the Canuck’s 2-1. During the 90+ minute friendly, out midfielder Megan Rapinoe, forward Abby Wambach, and phenom Alex Morgan, all made their presence known.

However, the team was dealt a blow when Morgan went down with a knee injury, following a tackle by a Canadian defender. Morgan was quickly pulled for “precautionary reasons” and replaced by Amy Rodriguez. Morgan, a forward, has recorded a team-best 17 goals this season, and 27 goals in 42 appearances, is expected to be fine for the team’s Olympic run.

Her replacement, Rodriguez, then went on to score the game winner in the 85th minute of the match, off of a cross by Rapinoe, which was deflected by Wambach, and cleanly set up for Rodriguez to convert for the goal.

With Saturday’s win against Canada, the US women’s team improved their record to 14-1-1 on the year, and increased their domestic undefeated streak to 57 games (51 wins, 6 draws).

The team departs for the UK on July 10th for training and will compete in Group G in Scotland when the first round of the Olympics start later in the month. They are seeking their 4th gold medal in 5 Olympic games.

The first round consists of three matches, the first, at 12:00pm ET on July 25th when they square off against France. The second is scheduled for July 28th at 12:00pm ET against Columbia. And the last, against Korea DPR, will take place on July 31st at 12:15pm ET.

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