VOTE: SheWired's Out Woman of the Year 2012

2012, being the year of a national election and the Olympics, has been a big year for LGBTs in pop culture, politics and sports. Now SheWired would like to pay homage to the unabashedly out women who’ve moved visibility for queer women forward.
By: SheWired Editors
December 13 2012 2:22 PM

Megan Rapinoe:

Megan Rapinoe made headlines after she came out publicly during a July interview with Out Magazine. A fan favorite for both her prowess on the field and her personality off, Rapinoe is one of the most feared players in the world, recording 18 goals in 66 international caps. During the women’s Olympic run in August, Rapinoe, one of only three out LGBT Olympians from the US, started all six games, had a team high four assists (shared with Alex Morgan), and recorded three goals, including the game winner against Colombia. She was named to the short list for FIFA’s 2012 Women’s World Player of the Year Award and is also a finalist for Sports Illustrated's Most Inspiring Performers of 2012. In November Rapinoe was honored by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center during their 41st Anniversary Gala, where she received the Board of Directors Award for her courage in standing up against homophobia in sports. In a recent interview with SheWired, Rapinoe said, “It’s gonna be more difficult for barriers to be broken down until people start coming out regularly. I think the goal is to get to the point where people don’t have to, but until then, I think it is important to come out.”

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