WNBA star Sue Bird comes out as gay, dating USWNT's Megan Rapinoe

WNBA star Sue Bird comes out as gay, dating USWNT's Megan Rapinoe”

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird gets personal in a new interview with ESPNW, opening up about her life and relationship with soccer star Megan Rapinoe. "These aren't secrets to people who know me", Bird told ESPNW.

"I'm gay. Megan's my girlfriend". "These aren't secrets to people who know me".

Bird - who's played in the WNBA for 14 years - says she realized she was gay while playing at UConn, but considered it a "non-issue". "That was never the case for me".

"I was never tormented within myself", she said. I have to be true to that.

Rapinoe has been very public with her sexuality, as well as with her political stances, in recent years. "I joke she is my No. 1 go-to-for-advice person. She's just so level-headed".

Bird's announcement is big, considering she is one of the most accomplished players in women's basketball.

The former Christ the King prep star won two NCAA championships, two WNBA titles and four Olympic gold medals. One of the revelations contained in the piece is that Bird is now dating U.S.W.N.T. player Megan Rapinoe, who also plays for the Seattle Reign. For her career, she has averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 assists per game.

It's the opposite of Rapinoe, who has been an outspoken activist for LGBTQ rights and famously followed Colin Kaepernick's lead to kneel during the National Anthem last season.

Despite their different approaches, Bird said Rapinoe never pressured her into publicly coming out, and that she nearly did before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "This has been something I've been on the verge of doing for a long time".

"This actually has nothing to do with Megan, in terms of how free I feel to talk about it", Bird says.

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