Lesbian athlete makes history appearing at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

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Professional soccer player and captain of the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) Megan Rapinoe is the first openly lesbian sportswoman to pose in swimsuit for the special edition of one of the most famous sport-themed magazines. Rapinoe travelled to St. Lucia with the magazine for a photoshoot with her USWNT teammates Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn and Abby Dahlkemper. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Rapinoe said that the magazine is making a bold statement to change its image and to break a stereotype that only straight men can read it. “I think so often with gay females in sports there’s this particular stereotype about it and there’s such a narrow view of what it means to be gay and be athletic. So, to kind of just blow that up and do something totally different I think is really important,” said the sportswoman, adding that her mission is to challenge stereotypes and to dispel myth around the LGBT community in general and around their place in sport in part.

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