​Joining a growing list of athletes addressing their sexuality is Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird. 


Like many athletes in the WNBA, Bird has not spoken about her sexuality openly to the public and has lived a relatively quiet life. 


​While it is no surprise that there are gay athletes, for the most part it has been seen as a taboo in sports and only recently more and more athletes have been coming out.  Although it has rarely been a thought in male leagues like basketball and football, the WNBA has been more open with it. 

Bird becomes another WNBA star to openly state that she is gay and revealed she was in a relationship with Seattle Reign and USWNT star Megan Rapinoe. 


Many had already known Rapinoe was gay but no one knew of the relationship between the two. Although she never commented publicly on her sexuality Bird insists it was no secret to those who know her and are close to her. 

Bird and all other athletes who come out make it easier to accept those who are gay within the world of sports and it adds less stigma to younger athletes who may deal with bullying.