- Megan Rapinoe, Contributor, espnW.com
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So, apparently the news of the week is I'm out and proud. I haven't been hiding it and this isn't the first time anyone's thought about it as far as I'm concerned. But I guess to some degree the assumption is everything is straight and everybody is straight, and I don't want anything to be assumed. I'm very proud of who I am.
I've been thinking about it for a while and decided it was the right time to speak up. As athletes, we live our lives in the public eye and have a platform to be positive role models. I'd like to help create more tolerance and acceptance across the board. That means more people talking about it, more people coming out and, at the end of the day, making less of a massive deal about being gay. I'd like to see homosexuality become something that's just normal to everyone.
While the response to my not-so-big news was entirely positive -- I don't think I've heard a single negative word -- I still think we've got a ways to go. There are a lot of female athletes who have come out and only maybe one current male athlete who's out. Change is happening, as a lot of male athletes are saying they would accept a gay man in the locker room; hopefully that will work to break down the homophobia that's seen even more often in men's sports than women's.
But I'd much rather talk about soccer, to be honest. The Olympics are right around the corner, and I'm so excited! It's been a long year. We've been going since November, and I just can't wait to get over to London. As cliché as it sounds, I'm just excited to be an Olympian. It's a strange thing, and there are no words to describe how proud I am to represent Team USA this summer.
Right now is the calm before the storm. We had our last game in Salt Lake City on June 30, and now we've got 10 days off. I'm home with my family in California, heading to a barbecue, like, right now. (So, sorry if this is on the short side!) Quite a few of my family members will come to London for the Games, but it will probably be pretty busy after that, so this is the last time I'll be home for a while.
Next, it's off to a pre-Olympic training camp outside of Manchester, England. It won't be too intense, just going over the last little details. I think it will be pretty similar to last year before the World Cup, and we'll be trying to whittle down the days to get to the game. We still have stuff to do, but not that much. We're meshing really well as a team and feeling sharp. All eyes now are on getting the gold.
Our first game is against France, and they're pretty dangerous offensively. We saw that last year when we played them in the Cup semifinals. They have a pretty creative attack, but we have to get at them and make them defend and really take the game to them, rather than sitting back and letting them come to us. Overall, there are a lot of good teams out there with a litany of styles, and we just have to be true to our style and know it is going to get us the gold medal.
See you in London!
So, apparently the news of the week is I'm out and proud. I haven't been hiding it and this isn't the first time anyone's thought about it as far as I'm concerned.