ESPN is making history featuring some of Seattle’s finest pro athletes—super sporty power couple, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird.
Bird and Rapinoe, who have a combined total of five Olympic gold medals, will be the first openly gay couple to appear on one of ten covers for this year’s ESPN Body Issue, celebrating its 10th year in production.
The Storm's Sue Bird and the Reign's Megan Rapinoe are the first openly gay couple to be featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine's Body Issue.
— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) June 25, 2018
The ESPN Body Issue is out.
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) June 25, 2018
Rapinoe a soccer star for the Seattle Reign (who has been out publicly since 2012) and Bird, a basketball player for the WBNA’s Seattle Storm (who just publicly came out as a gay last summer during her 15th season), told The Washington Post that they do not want
to do things and be like, ‘We’re the gay couple.’
When asked about the timing (with the political climate what it is) and the opportunity to grace the cover as a couple, Rapinoe told the Post:
…it’s important to come out. Visibility is important.
She told ESPN:
What better time than when we need to be celebrating things that are different about us and accepting them and trying to understand them better? It’s pretty incredible to be in this moment.
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) June 25, 2018
— Sue Bird (@S10Bird) June 25, 2018
The love was palpable:
I'm happy for them
— Stacy Martin (@Lisapeace1152) June 26, 2018
— TrumanHugh (@TrumanHugh) June 26, 2018
Looking strong and pretty cool.
— Big Daddy (@BigDaddySaid) June 26, 2018
Great Athletes. Beautiful Couple. pic.twitter.com/bnpmZCdegk
— Rose_from_Concrete (@diaspora_black) June 25, 2018
— Lynnette Young (@6b19dffb59144b4) June 25, 2018
Here’s to a day some time soon (*fingers crossed) when, as Bird told ESPN:
…having a gay couple on [the cover], hopefully it just becomes the norm. You want it to not be an issue. You want it to just be, Oh, another couple is on there. You know, I think for us to be on it is the first step in that direction.