2013: The Year In Lesbian/Bi Sports

With no World Cup and no Olympic Games, this was supposed to be a quiet year in sports. Nope. There was nothing quiet about the year in lesbian and bisexual sports. We saw players come out, marry teammates, achieve lifelong dreams, and pledge to end bullying. A new women’s professional soccer league was born. ESPN paid tribute to the anniversary of Title IX with an incredible documentary series about women in sports. Over the course of the year, individuals and organizations worked to end discrimination and homophobia in sports. This fight has become more important as we edge closer to the Olympic Games in Sochi which will occur under the cloud of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.

June 23, 1972: Title IX is Signed into Law
On this day in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in all education programs or activities which receive federal funding. In addition to traditional educational institutions, Title IX applies to any education or training program receiving federal financial assistance.
One of the most notable impacts of Title IX is the implementation of women sports in schools. As a result, there are more women participating in sports than ever before. In 1971, there were about 310,000 girls and women participating in high school and college sports, in the United States; today, there are more than 3 million. (x)
Don’t be shy, Pinoe.
It’s two soccer players and BFFS against one another, a soap star, an R&B Diva, a post-humous outing  vs. “duh.” The Best Coming Out Story of 2012 is one of these women.

Megan Rapinoe wins all the awards.

Lesbian BFFs. Lori Lindsey is one of us, ya’ll!
Megan Rapinoe is so good at sharing.

Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly on their winning game against Canada. 

And I’m proud to be an American, where all the cute girls are so gay.