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Megan Rapinoe says gay women of color in the US are ‘really f*cked’

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Rapinoe discusses intersectionality.

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Since coming out publicly five years ago, soccer player Megan Rapinoe hasn’t shied away from engaging in political conversations and advancing equality. She’s been outspoken on LGBT rights, equal pay for women, and last year knelt during the National Anthem to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

In a lengthy conversation with The Guardian, she talked about all of these things and whether she believes her outspoken attitude has hurt her chances of being selected to represent the United States (it seems she doesn’t).

She also spoke eloquently about intersectionality and how her conversations about gender, race and sexuality are all intertwined.

“The more I’ve been able to learn about gay rights and equal pay and gender equity and racial inequality, the more that it all intersects,” Rapinoe told The Guardian. “You can’t really pick it apart. It’s all intertwined. God forbid you be a gay woman and a person of color in this country, because you’d be really fucked.”

Always thoughtful, Rapinoe hits a lot of marks in the interview, which you can check out here.