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Megan Rapinoe and outgoing coach Pia Sunghage now have additional company as out members of the two-time Olympic gold-medal winning U.S. women's soccer team.
Soccer star Lori Lindsey tweeted to her followers on Twitter this week:
"You're going to need to sit down for this one! It's going to come as a real shock."
She pointed to her interview with Autostraddle, which boasts of "news, entertainment, opinion and girl-on-girl culture," in which she publicly comes out.
In the interview, Lindsey talks about how her mom is also a lesbian and how she came out to her father while drinking beer at an Applebee's restaurant.
Lindsey explains why gay rights are important to her:
"Well, being a gay woman, I think it's important. My mom is also a lesbian. My parents got divorced at a really young age. I don't remember them together, I only remember my mom with a woman, with her partner of 25 years -- or I should say, wife. So it's always been a huge part of my family, and of me. I eventually came out when I was 20 or so.
"I've always thought it was important to be proud of who I am; my mom taught me that. She's my role model and my hero. And so is my dad and the rest of my family, I don't want to neglect them or anything. It's always been important for me to really express who I am and live a full life and not be afraid. Especially being kind of in the limelight, even though no one specifically asked me until now to talk about my sexuality in print, I've always lived an open life and been very proud of who I am. I definitely don't want to lose that and I want younger LGBTQ girls and boys to see that."
She then shared her coming out story:
"I have an older brother and an older step-sister and I think they always knew, but I would say the best was with my dad. I was basically out to friends and to my mom, but my dad hadn't really asked about it. I was probably 21 or 22 when I told my dad. He came to visit, I was playing with the Washington Freedom. I'm not pro-Applebees, so I hate putting this part of the story in there -- but we're from Indiana and my dad's like, "Let's got to Applebee's and get a beer!" And I'm like, "Ok fine..." and so we're at Applebees and he's shooting the shit with me, and all of a sudden he says, "Do you like guys or girls?" And I'm like, "Girls..." and I just started crying. But it was such a relief, because I was a little bit.... not worried, because my dad's been wonderful and a huge supporter of mine in more ways than just soccer, but I was worried a little bit about his reaction. You never want to deliberately hurt your parents or cause them stress. And ever since my family's been terrific, and I surround myself with great people that are like-minded, I guess."
In the lengthy interview, Lindsey reports that she is newly single and is close friends with Rapinoe, who was the first player on the team to come out other than the coach. She said she is a bit jealous that Rapinoe came out before she did.