Pop Culture Fix: Megan Rapinoe to Join Wifey Sue Bird in Lesbian Sports Retirement

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Okay it’s official: We’re gonna call this whole entire summer PRIDE! Thank you to all you Europeans for telling me that Pride just keeps on going over there! Tell me something else good in this Pop Culture Fix!

+ At a pre-World Cup press conference this weekend, 38-year-old Megan Rapinoe told reporters that she’ll be joining her wifey Sue Bird in lesbian sports legacy retirement at the end of this NWSL season. It wasn’t exactly a shock, but, much like Sue Bird’s retirement, it’s hard to imagine the game without her. There’s been no shortage of sports journalists weighing in on her announcement. The Athletic: Megan Rapinoe’s retirement announcement stirs emotions with a World Cup to come. The Seattle Times: Megan Rapinoe will retire with amazing legacy on and off the pitch. The Los Angeles Times: Megan Rapinoe leaving soccer on her own terms, the same way she rose to stardom. Time magazine: Megan Rapinoe won’t go quietly.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. I’m excited for Red, White, and Blue too both because I loved the book and because if it’s successful, they’ll make a movie of One Last Stop and I would REALLY be excited for that.

  2. Red White & Royal Blue has my support – I can’t wait to watch this. Any queer representation in the media gets my support and of course I do hope it does well enough that One Last Stop also gets a film adaptation!

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