2012 Honoree

Megan Rapinoe

Board of Directors Award

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Women’s National Team (soccer) team standout, Megan Rapinoe, will be honored with the Center’s Board of Directors Award.

Megan made headlines by coming out and becoming one of the few “out” Olympians at the 2012 Olympic Games in London where there were only 23 out Olympians of the 10,490 participating athletes.

One of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s best goal scorers and craftiest players, Megan (and her hair) gained national and international acclaim following her left-footed cross to Abby Wambach to set up the tying goal in the dying seconds of the overtime against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal. At this year’s Olympic Games, she helped lead her team to Gold with her consistency, creativity and knack for scoring important goals.

The sports world is a frontier where the battle to eradicate homophobia has a long way to go. By proudly and bravely using her international platform to come out, as one of the few openly LGBT athletes at this year’s Olympic Games, Megan has set a powerful example for other high profile athletes, has helped to inspire people around the globe, and has helped to change hearts and minds regarding LGBT people. The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is extremely proud to honor Megan with our 2012 Board of Directors Award.