Brad alone has gained 1,900 Instagram followers in the past 24 hours.

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two members of the University of Minnesota track team are sharing their coming out story and their love for one another.

The two Gophers juniors wrote about their experience in an online publication dedicated to gay athletes.

Apparently, the Seattle sports stars connected during those 2016 Olympics, when Rapinoe was playing for the U.

Coming out of the closet, or simply coming out, is a metaphor for LGBT people's self-disclosure of their sexual orientation or of their gender identity.

That was never the case for me.” Bird said she realized she was gay while at college in UConn. Bird and Rapinoe talked and eventually the relationship grew from there. She's just so level-headed.” Top WNBA pick Kelsey Plum puts T-shirt cannon out of a job Bird’s announcement is big, considering she is one of the most accomplished players in women’s basketball.

these aren't secrets to people who know me,” Bird said. I think people have this assumption that if you're not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it's this secret. The couple met each other at the 2016 Olympics where both were competing.I'm so glad you messaged me first on Facebook senior year of high school 😉 💙 Fitz and I Love you A post shared by Justin Rabon (@jayyrayy_) on Justin Rabon and Brad Neumann were heavily recruited Wisconsin high school track stars.In the fall of 2013, Justin enrolled at UW-Madison, Brad at the U of M. Brad was the one friend I could count on,” Justin said.The reaction was the same from family and friends, and then the decision to go public by writing their stories.Brad, who is from a very small northern Wisconsin town said, “I know there are probably kids in these small conservative towns where it’s not OK to be gay, so I wanted them to know that once you come out, life does get better.” “The best decision I think I’ve made was transferring schools and truly deciding to stay true to my character as a person while being here.A nervous Justin sent a text to track teammates that said, “You guys I am gay, and Brad and I are dating and this is what it’s going to be.” Justin said this was the response from teammates.