I Want What They Have: Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird

Love is a many-splendored thing, especially when you’re gawking at it from the outside. In this column, we’ll be examining the celebrity couples that give us hope for our own romantic futures and trying to learn what we can from their well-documented bonds.

Okay, I’ll admit it; I want what every celesbian (celebrity lesbian, to the uninitiated) couples has, from Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor to Kristen Stewart and Dylan Meyer. What can I say? I, myself, am a currently single lesbian who has never dated a celebrity, and I dream of one day holding my wife’s Judith Leiber clutch as she walks the Oscars’ red carpet. Fame and glory aside, I one day hope to find a partnership as sweet and mutually supportive as that of soccer star Megan Rapinoe and her fiancee, Seattle Storm basketball player Sue Bird.

Am I athletic? No. Have I ever dated anyone athletic? Absolutely not, unless you count the brief stretch of sixth grade when I was passing notes with the class star tetherball player—and I think she would insist upon clarifying that we were not dating. Still, when I hear that Rapinoe and Bird—who started dating in 2016, became the first same-sex couple on the cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue in 2017, and announced their engagement in 2018—decided to get married by the pool while on vacation in Antigua, I think, “Hey, I could do that.” (Could I match their respective athletic achievements? LOL, no, but, hey, I could bring a ring to the pool; that’s within my skill set.)

Poolside engagement aside, one of the coolest things about Rapinoe and Bird is their mutual passion for activism. They’ve both stood up for the Black Lives Matter movement (or, in Rapinoe’s case, knelt), fought for equal pay in sports, and helped campaign for now-Senator Raphael Warnock in Georgia (over Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, no less). “When two people are on the same page, and they love each other, and they’re working towards something better, you can do a lot of good things,” WNBA legend Diana Taurasi told GQ in February, and honestly…what could be more true?

Rapinoe and Bird may be a do-gooder couple, but they’re funny, too. “I was like, ‘okay, don’t be a cliche lesbian, where you love this person when you first meet them,” Rapinoe told Out of falling for her now-fiancee upon first meeting her, adding, “but it was just immediately like, ‘oh, this is home.’” I’m not crying! I have allergies! I’ve seen plenty of realistic and relatable lesbian love stories reflected in the media, and this definitely does not make me feel things! Ugh, what a pair. What kind of stunt would I have to pull to be invited to their eventual wedding?


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