Wales’ most decorated footballer, Jessica Fishlock MBE says her experience at school was “hell on earth” because of abuse over her sexuality.
Fishlock says her sexuality never scared her in adolescence, but that she soon realised society was less accepting than she was of the fact she was gay.
“I think I knew when I was 12 that I love women, right? Whatever,” she says.
“I remember the moment clear and I wasn’t mad about it. Like it was OK. But the biggest thing for me was trying to manoeuvre my life with knowing that information. It wasn’t something I was scared of.
“It wasn’t something that I just disliked and made me dislike myself for who I was. But I didn’t understand why it was such a negative thing. That’s where for me it was something that I just couldn’t really stand. You know, does it matter?
“Even at a very young age going through that, 20 years ago, I never understood why it was a problem. And it’s even worse now. I don’t understand the problem.
“The turning point for me was when I just realised that I wasn’t the problem. The problem was the society in school. Not the kids in school because they don’t understand; the society and the thought process around it was the problem.”
WNBA player Layshia Clarendon, an all-star guard with the Atlanta Dream, has filed a civil suit against the University of California, alleging that a long-term employee sexually assaulted her when she was a freshman at UC Berkeley.
“Violet Palmer is a real game changer,” says Ralph. “As a woman, she shattered the glass ceiling in the world of professional sports while living out her truth as a gay woman. By making historic gains in the NBA, Violet scored big wins for gender equality and LGBT rights for the next generation of women coming behind her.”
Palmer is the first female to officiate an NBA game, and became the first openly gay referee in NBA history. After 19 years, serving in that capacity, she retired from the sport, and now serves as a consultant to the basketball league. Early in her career, she worked tenaciously to topple gender barriers in professional sports and earned the respect of her peers. In nearly two decades as an NBA official, Palmer has officiated 930 regular season games and nine playoff games, as well as the 2014 All-Star game in New Orleans. Before joining the NBA, Palmer officiated in the WNBA during the league’s inaugural season, including the 1997 WNBA Championship. Two years later, Palmer won the Naismith Award for Official of the Year. Currently, Palmer is the coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials for the Pac 12 Conference, the West Coast Conference ( WCC ) and the Western Athletic Conference.
While gay athletes have felt increasingly comfortable coming out in American sports leagues over the past decade, and hardly raise an eyebrow on the women’s national teams of many countries, lesbians are often less visible in Mexican society because of the country’s macho culture. Consequently, when they go public with their sexuality, they can face more opposition, said Claudia Pedraza, who specializes in studying gender and sports at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Mauresmo is a two-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic silver medalist who is also known for coaching Andy Murray. After she beat top seed Lindsey Davenport in 1999, she came out as a lesbian—and her body became a rhetorical battleground. She was repeatedly described as bulging, muscular, and intimidating—and Davenport’s bitter mention that playing her was like “playing a guy” was repeated in coverage of her game.
Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, she has always readily embraced aspects of herself that most will find tough to navigate, among them her disability and role as a trailblazer for disability sport in Singapore. But even then, it has taken the 30-year-old half her life to reach this point where, as an ambassador for this year’s Pink Dot rally, she wants to be open about her sexuality – that she is gay.
Miller’s attorneys contend that the university changed its explanation after Miller was let go during a “purge” of openly gay women in the athletics department — and that fellow plaintiffs Jen Banford, the softball coach, and Annette Wiles, the women’s basketball coach, were forced to resign due to a hostile work environment.
Tennis is one of the all-time greatest sports. It’s easy for audiences to follow, the rules are simple to learn. It requires the most from its players: skill, endurance and intellect. And the one-on-one nature of the game gives it a gladiator quality that cannot be denied. Nothing is more exciting than that buzzer-beater final set. So why would one iconic woman player claim that other women are “ruining” the sport, as Margaret Court, the fifth greatest woman tennis champion of all time, asserted on May 31 about lesbian tennis players? Her claim has prompted two iconic tennis greats, Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King—both lesbians and the first two people to come out in professional sports over 35 years ago—to demand Court’s name be stripped from the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne Park, Australia.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The former associate athletic director at the University of Iowa will square off against the school in a trial Monday that centers on her claim that she suffered discrimination as a gay female who fought bias in college sports.
Emery feels ready to return to Division I, and her three finalists are Mississippi, Oklahoma State, and Virginia Tech. She is making campus visits this month, and her final visit is Virginia Tech on April 29. Emery said she plans to make her choice during the first week of May.
That all three of her finalists are in conservative-leaning regions is not a concern for her.
“When you’re in athletics, it’s a lot different than being in society,” Emery said.
In an email dated March 17 and sent to Kennedy Burks, Gavin wrote, “The FAMU Office of Equal Opportunity Programs has been informed that there are concerns about the behavior of the coaches of Women’s Basketball. These concerns include: Verbal abuse and bullying of student-athletes. Adverse actions against student-athletes involved in same sex relationships.”