Sports Illustrated magazine has named lesbian soccer player Megan Rapinoe as its Sportswoman of the Year.
On July 7 in Lyon, France, the United States claimed a fourth Women's World Cup triumph with a 2-0 victory over European champions Netherlands in the final. Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored goals for the U.S. team.
However, Rapinoe has been known for being an advocate as well as an athlete. "I'm not going to the f**king White House," she said earlier this year when asked about the possibility of visiting President Trump. Also, Rapinoe and her teammates sued the U.S. Soccer Federation regarding the pay gap between women's and men's squads. She also has shown solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, taking a knee while the national anthem was played.
Rapinoe also recently accepted Glamour's Woman of the Year award.