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Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe Come Out as Sports Power Couple

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Megan Rapinoe (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) and Sue Bird (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 07:17 AM

Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe have come out as America's newest sports power couple in an article posted by an online sports site on Thursday.

Bird, a 10-time WNBA all-star for the Seattle Storm and former University of Connecticut standout, and Rapinoe, a midfielder for the U.S. women's soccer team and the Seattle Reign, have been dating since last fall, said the ESPNW story.

"I'm gay. Megan's my girlfriend," Bird said in the article, reportedly the first time the basketball star has publicly talked about her sexual orientation. "These aren't secrets to people who know me. I don't feel like I've not lived my life. I think people have this assumption that if you're not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it's this secret. That was never the case for me.”

"It's happening when it's happening because that's what feels right. So even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn't right for me at the time. I have to be true to that. It's my journey," Bird continued.

Rapinoe, who has openly been an advocate for LGBTQ and racial issues, became a lightning rod for controversy last year when took a knee during the national anthem at one of her Seattle Reign matches in support of Colin Kaepernick, noted the Bleacher Report.

"Megan feels really passionately about things," Bird told ESPNW. "I just never felt that calling, if that's the right word. I was living my life, just not necessarily leading the charge. But I never felt that made me any less real."

Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com, said the announcement may surprise some of Bird's fans because of her past privacy on the issue, but the story should resonate with others.

"Talk about a power couple in sports," said Zeigler. "… Both of them are two of the biggest names in their sport in the United States. It is interesting what Bird said about people already knowing.”

"Frankly, I was surprised to see she wasn't publicly out already. Still, her story and being out will help countless people continue their journey to self-acceptance, and it's wonderful to see her take this step."

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