The Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed gay newspaper, announced today that Megan Rapinoe, one of Athlete Ally’s Pro Ambassadors, will be the guest editor of the publication’s second annual sports issue.
The sports issue will feature stories, interviews, and opinion pieces from leaders working to achieve LGBT equality in professional and college sports. As editor, Rapinoe will set the overall tone of the issue, assign stories, recruit writers and pen the issue’s lead op-ed.
“I’m excited to serve as guest editor,” 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.”
A star of the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and 2012 Olympics, Rapinoe currently plays in the National Women’s Soccer League for the Seattle Reign FC.
Rapinoe will be the second Pro Ambassador to edit the Washington Blade’s sports issue. Former Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo edited the inaugural edition in 2013.
“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.”
The Washington Blade’s sports issue will be available August 22.