Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has dedicated her honor as one of Time’s 12 Women of the Year to the transgender community.
“I am only here because of them. We all know what’s going on in our country with the attempted erasure of trans people,” Megan said at Women of the Year gala, held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
That includes hundreds of bills introduced in state legislatures around the nation, and several that have been passed into law, to ban gender-affirming care for trans youth or bar trans athletes from playing on the school sports teams that align with their gender identity.
“The way they refuse to live their life any other way than completely whole is so inspiring. I’m inspired by the invitation to be completely myself,” Megan said of trans people. “They offer us a full view of what it means to be a human in the world. A whole opportunity to be the crazy-ass human beings that we are. That’s a great gift,” she added.
Time' s other Women of the Year are Ukrainian LGBTQ rights activist Olena Shevchenko; Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, who has spoken out against oppression in her country; Mexican abortion rights activist Verónica Cruz Sánchez; Suntory Beverages CEO Makiko Ono, an advocate for women in business; Anielle Franco, Brazil’s minister of racial equality; professional boxer Ramla Ali, a refugee from Somalia and activist for Muslim women; Ayisha Siddiqa, a poet and advocate for climate justice and human rights; Quinta Brunson, creator and costar of Abbott Elementary; queer singer and abortion rights advocate Phoebe Bridgers; and actors Cate Blanchett and Angela Bassett, both nominated for Academy Awards this year.
Congratulations to all the winners!!!