Tag Archives: Lesbians in sports

For Teammates in Love, an Island Oasis

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.

Continue reading at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/sports/soccer/iceland-soccer-stars-in-love-find-acceptance.html (Source)

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Lesbians and the Sexual Politics of Wimbledon

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.

Continue reading at: The Sexual Politics of Wimbledon | JSTOR Daily (Source)

Paralympic swimmer Theresa Goh comes out as a lesbian

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.

Continue reading at: ‘It feels like the right time’: Paralympic swimmer Theresa Goh opens up about her sexuality, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times (Source)

Tennis Is Full Of Lesbians!

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.

Continue reading at: Tennis Is Full Of Lesbians! (Source)

Chinese women’s basketball team wants lesbians away from sports

What exactly did the banner say? The New York Times had a translation:

“Protect traditional Chinese morals. Defend core socialist values. Resist corrosion from decadent Western thoughts. Keep homosexuality far from campus.”

 

Continue reading at: Chinese women’s basketball team wants to keep gays ‘far from campus’ – Outsports (Source)

Lesbian ex-administrator at U of Iowa begins trial claiming discrimination and bias

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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.

Continue reading at: Ex-official’s trial to focus on bias claims against Iowa AD – StarTribune.com (Source)

Taylor Emery, lesbian player wins top award in women’s junior college basketball

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.

Continue reading at: Openly gay player wins top award in women’s junior college basketball – Outsports (Source)

Laura Clemesha: Australian lesbian netball player speaks out on homophobia

THE Pride in Sport Rainbow Round returns this weekend and gives us all a fantastic platform to talk about sexuality in sport.

Continue reading at: Openly gay netball player speaks out on homophobia | Caboolture News (Source)

FAMU women’s basketball coach Gibson accused of bullying

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.”

Continue reading at: FAMU women’s basketball coach Gibson accused of bullying

Homophobia is elephant in room in women’s basketball, lesbian Final Four assistant says

It could account for the dwindling number of female coaches.

Continue reading at: Homophobia is elephant in room in women’s basketball, gay Final Four assistant says – Outsports