In an interview with Out Magazine, Rapinoe officially became the first soccer player on the current U.S. Women's National Team to publicly come out as a lesbian:
I think they were trying to be respectful and that it’s my job to say, "I’m gay." Which I am. For the record: I am gay.
Rapinoe also spoke about homophobia in sports:
"I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out. I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want -- they need -- to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A. …. In female sports, if you’re gay, most likely your team knows it pretty quickly. It’s very open and widely supported. For males, it’s not that way at all. It’s sad."