Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird make history on ESPN's Body Issue — but they're not the only LGBTQ icons to do so

Yahoo Lifestyle

Athletes Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird are sports starts in their own light: Rapinoe is an Olympic medal-winning soccer player and Bird is a WNBA Seattle Storm’s point guard. Together, however, they are making history as the first same-sex couple to grace the cover of ESPN magazine’s Body Issue.

“It’s important for people to come out. Visibility is important,” Rapinoe, 32, told ESPN. “It’s important for there to be a first one on the cover… Just in terms of the culture and society, someone has to do it.”

Bird, 37, told the magazine that she hopes in the future, a gay couple featured in a magazine won’t be news and, instead, will be just the norm, as every other couple would be. 

“You want it to not be an issue. You want it to just be, ‘Oh, another couple is on there.’ You know, I think for us to be on it is the first step in that direction,” she said.

The couple has been dating since 2016 and is already making history as one of the ten covers marking the Body Issue’s 10th anniversary.

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<p>Athletes Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird are the first same-sex couple to appear on the cover of ESPN’s body issue.<br>(PHOTO: ESPN THE MAGAZINE / PHOTO BY ERIC LUTZENS) </p>
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, ESPN (June 2018)

Athletes Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird are the first same-sex couple to appear on the cover of ESPN’s body issue.
(PHOTO: ESPN THE MAGAZINE / PHOTO BY ERIC LUTZENS)

<p>21 years ago Elle DeGeneres came out publicly in Time magazine.<br>(Photo: Time Magazine) </p>
Ellen DeGeneres, Time (April 1997)

21 years ago Elle DeGeneres came out publicly in Time magazine.
(Photo: Time Magazine)

<p>Rosie O’Donnell came out in 2002 in an effort to shed light on Florida’s ban on gay adoption. (Photo: People Magazine) </p>
Rosie O’Donnell, People (October 2002)

Rosie O’Donnell came out in 2002 in an effort to shed light on Florida’s ban on gay adoption. (Photo: People Magazine)

<p>NSYNC singer Lance Bass came out in 2006 and posed for the cover of People Magazine.<br>(Photo: People Magazine) </p>
Lance Bass, People (August 2006)

NSYNC singer Lance Bass came out in 2006 and posed for the cover of People Magazine.
(Photo: People Magazine)

<p>“American Idol” 2009 runner-up opened up and finally revealed he’s gay. “I’m proud of my sexuality,” Lambert said to Rolling stone. He added, “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.”<br>(Photo: Rolling Stone Magazine) </p>
Adam Lambert, Rolling Stone (June 2009)

“American Idol” 2009 runner-up opened up and finally revealed he’s gay. “I’m proud of my sexuality,” Lambert said to Rolling stone. He added, “I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.”
(Photo: Rolling Stone Magazine)

<p>Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio made fashion history as the first out transgender model on the cover of any edition of Vogue, appearing on the front of the flagship Vogue Paris’s 2017 March issue.<br> (Photo: Vogue Paris) </p>
Valentina Sampaio, Vogue Paris (March 2017)

Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio made fashion history as the first out transgender model on the cover of any edition of Vogue, appearing on the front of the flagship Vogue Paris’s 2017 March issue.
(Photo: Vogue Paris)

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