The Washington Blade announced this week it has named lesbian soccer star Megan Rapinoe as the guest editor of its second annual Sports Issue scheduled to be published on Aug. 22.
Rapinoe is a midfielder for the Seattle Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League and a member of the U.S. women’s national team. She won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, where she scored three goals. She has also been recognized as an LGBT equality advocate by the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and is an Athlete Ally Ambassador.
“I’m excited to serve as guest editor of the Washington Blade’s second annual Sports Issue,” said Rapinoe. “Greater LGBT inclusion in sport is making significant progress, and I am proud to support the work being done to enable the next generation of LGBT athletes to come out.”
The Blade’s Sports Issue will be published Aug. 22 and feature a broad array of stories, interviews and opinion pieces from the leading voices in LGBT advocacy in professional and collegiate sports. The NBA’s Jason Collins, former NFL star Chris Kluwe and many others will be part of the issue.
“LGBT visibility and acceptance in professional sports is rising dramatically and much of that progress is due to the courage of professional women athletes who have led the way in coming out and playing openly,” said Blade editor Kevin Naff. “We’re honored and excited to work with Megan on this important and fun annual issue.”
Last year’s Sports Issue was edited by former Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Rapinoe will be responsible for setting the overall tone of the Sports Issue, assigning stories, writing the lead op-ed and recruiting writers. The issue will be unveiled at a party open to the public on Aug. 21. Details on the party will be announced soon