Megan Rapinoe Named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year

Out lesbian U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been named Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsperson of the Year.

Among the athlete’s many accomplishments in 2019 was leading the American team to victory at the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.

Rapinoe becomes only the 4th solo woman in 66 years to be named Sportsperson of the Year.

In its profile of Rapinoe, Sports Illustrated calls a photo of the 34-year-old posing after scoring the winning goal in the World Cup the “signature sporting image of 2019.”

Rapinoe said her winning pose was a direct response to the president.

“It was kind of like a ‘F— you,’ but with a big smile and a s— eating grin,” Rapinoe says. “You are not going to steal any of our joy.”

The magazine also highlighted her refusal to visit Trump’s White House after she brought the U.S. to victory and how she bravely faced down temper tantrums from Donald Trump, who tweeted his disapproval of the athlete.

“I’m going to do me,” she told the magazine.

News Round-Up: July 10, 2019

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Pro wrestler and InstaHunk Anthony Bowens (above) points out that “Summer is heating up…” One look at that pic and you know why 😉

ABC News: Thanks to a police tip line, authorities say they have apprehended a suspect, 20-year-old Tyresse Singleton, who allegedly set fire to a rainbow flag outside of a Harlem gay bar. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had directed the State Hate Crimes Unit to assist in the investigation

USA Today: Posters featuring U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe were vandalized with homophobic slurs at a New York City subway station Monday evening.

FOX9: The mayor of Columbia Heights, Minnesota, is facing calls of homophobia because she won’t sign-off on a Pride event proclamation. The mayor claims the local LGBTQ organization failed to follow (brand-new) guidelines for proclamations.

• NBC News: Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath raised more than $2.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign against Mitch McConnell. McGrath campaign manager Mark Nickolas said it’s the most ever raised in the first 24 hours of a Senate campaign.

The Advocate: Michael Johnson, convicted in 2015 for one felony charge of “knowingly” transmitting HIV to one man and four charges of exposing four other men to the virus who didn’t contract it, was released this week 25 years early. His lawyers won an appeal after showing that prosecutors failed to turn over significant evidence. Because the charges he pleaded to fell under health statutes, Johnson will not be required to register as a sex offender.

• Out artist Billy Winn says the songs on his new EP, Dreamland II, are based on the idea that “it’s all fun and games until someone catches feelings.”

The first single from the EP, “Another Broken Heart,” an EDM/dance track, was inspired by circumstances in his own life, adding, “It’s a dance track with a strong, relatable message about something we’ve all been through at least once.”

Check out the new single below, and for more info head to BillyWinn.com.

Megan Rapinoe To Trump: “Your Message Is Excluding People”

During an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, world champion soccer player Megan Rapinoe was asked if she had a message for Donald Trump.  Taking a moment, she looked directly into the camera and said:  “Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people who look like me, you’re excluding people of color, you’re maybe excluding Americans that may support you. I think that we need to have a reckoning about the message that you have, and what you’re saying about ‘Make America Great Again.’

During an appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, world champion soccer player Megan Rapinoe was asked if she had a message for Donald Trump.

Taking a moment, she looked directly into the camera and said:

“Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me, you’re excluding people who look like me, you’re excluding people of color, you’re maybe excluding Americans that may support you. I think that we need to have a reckoning about the message that you have, and what you’re saying about ‘Make America Great Again.’

“You’re harking back to an era that wasn’t great for America. Maybe it was great for a few people, and maybe America’s great for a few people right now, but it’s not great for enough Americans in this world.”

Here’s a more complete clip of the segment.

A Soccer Story In 4 Episodes

Megan Rapinoe (L) Donald Trump (R)

1. World champion soccer player Megan Rapinoe, in an interview with EightbyEight magazine last month, was asked if she’d attend a ceremony at the White House if the team were to win the World Cup.

“I’m not going to the f​—ing White House,” ​she said in the interview. “We’re not gonna be invited​. ​I doubt it.​”​

2. Donald Trump promptly blasted Rapinoe on (where else?) Twitter:

“Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!”

3. And then… 🙂

4. Trump then changed course regarding an invite to the team telling Voice of America, “We haven’t really thought about it.” (Scroll up to remember how he wrote “I am now inviting the TEAM.” #liar

And when asked if the women deserve to make the same money as their male counterparts, the Donald dodged.

Trump Twitter Rants At US Womens Soccer Team’s Megan Rapinoe

Donald Trump (L) Megan Rapinoe (R)

After hearing that the openly lesbian U.S. women’s soccer team co-captain, Megan Rapinoe told a reporter, “I’m not going to the f**king White House,” if her team should win the the World Cup, Donald Trump took to his Twitter to rant at the soccer legend.

Trouble is, Trump being Trump, he tweeted his rage at the wrong ‘Megan Rapino.’

“Women’s soccer player, @meganrapino, just stated that she is “not going to the F…ing White House if we win.” Other than the NBA, which now refuses to call owners, owners (please explain that I just got Criminal Justice Reform passed, Black unemployment is at the lowest level…….in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!”

It appears someone at the White House tipped off the Donald about his latest gaffe and he retweeted.

Rapinoe isn’t the first athlete to decline a visit to Trump’s White House.

The Toronto Raptors shooting guard, Danny Green told the press a visit to the White House now that the Raptors are NBA champs is a “hard pass.”

More from the Twitterverse:

Nike Drops 1st Colin Kaepernick Ad Spot

Colin Kaepernick

Ok – this. This right here.

After a day that saw Nike’s stock take a hit, the athletic wear company is not crawling in a hole.

No – they are ramping up on the inspirational message of NFLer Colin Kaepernick and more world-class athletes.

The sportswear behemoth released a two-minute video today (2 million views in just a few hours) featuring Kaepernick narrating a vision of dreams exceeded.

“Don’t try to be the fastest runner in your school, or in the world. Be the fastest ever.”

“Don’t settle for homecoming queen or linebacker – do both.”

Megan Rapinoe

“When they talk about the greatest team in the history of the sport, make sure its your team.”

“Don’t become the biggest basketball player on the planet. Be BIGGER than basketball.”

“Don’t believe you have to be like anybody to be somebody.”

“Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they’re crazy enough.”

As the video clips bounce from Alphonso Davies to Serena Williams to LeBron James, don’t miss openly lesbian Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe at the 1:25 mark.

Serena Williams