Olympian Megan Rapinoe believes living out is the best way to fight anti-LGBT discrimination.

At the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's 41st annual gala and auction in Los Angeles on Saturday, Rapinoe was honored for her gay rights advocacy, receiving the group's Board of Directors Award. Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Estelle performed at the event.

The 27-year-old Rapinoe scored three goals and four assists for the U.S. women's soccer team at the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, England.

She announced her sexual orientation shortly before heading to the Olympics in an interview with gay glossy Out.

“The longer I've been out, the more stories I've been able to hear from people,” Rapinoe told Outsports.com. “People come up to me and say, 'You're the reason I came out. You're the reason I realized I was gay.'”

“Coming out was sort of an evolutionary process. I was like, why am I not out? I want to be out and I don't have anything to hide. I'm very proud of who I am.”

“I think more people in general need to come out,” she added. “Until that happens, we can't expect all these barriers to be broken down.”