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The news of 12-year NBA veteran (and active player) Jason Collins announcing that he is gay is groundbreaking moment that is to be celebrated.  Encouragingly, the response from his own teammates, fellow NBA players, and other athletes has been overwhelmingly positive, except for that one bigoted asshole NFL player at the end.

There have been other major league male athletes that have come out (John Amaechi, Glenn Burke, Billy Bean, and more), though all of those athletes came out after ending their playing careers. (Though in the case of Glenn Burke, him being gay was fairly well known to his teammates)

For a male athlete to come out while still being an active player is an act of courage, plain and simple.  To suggest otherwise, as some are doing in message boards and article comments sections, would disregard the fact that even in our increasingly embracing society of openly gay persons, until today no active male athlete in a major sport has come out.  That's saying a lot.

But what also speaks volumes is that there have been active female athletes who have come out as gay.  Perhaps the greatest tennis player ever, Martina Navratilova, came out in 1981.  She went on to win an 16 of her 18 Major event titles after coming out.

And just last week, women basketball phenom Brittney Griner came out, albeit with much more nonchalance than Jason Collins.  For those of you who are not aware of Brittney Griner, she is considered one of the best women's basketball players of all time, even before she plays in her first ever WNBA game.  

Brittney stared at Baylor University, where the Lady Bears went 40-0 two years ago and lost in a major upset in this year's NCAA Tournament, which prevented Brittney from scoring the most points in women's college basketball history (she's #2).  She's 6'8" and can throw down some exciting dunks.  We're talking about the superstar of superstars.

And her coming out barely registered a blip in the national media.

Superstar women basketball players speak to ESPN before the WNBA Draft last week. Left - Skylar Diggins. Middle - Brittney Griner. Right - Elena Delle Donne.
Why is this so?  Is it because Brittney dresses stereotypical like a male? (you can see for yourself in the above picture) Is it something else? This dichotomy in national response is something I feel deserves some critique.

Daily Kos user Dave in Northridge agrees (thank you Dave for inspiring me to write this diary)

Even though my normal forte is science writing, I hope you follow me below the orange croissant to learn about and discuss this issue.

Hands down, the most impactful course I ever took at Rutgers University was a 400-level Psychology (now American Studies) course entitled "The Intersection of Sports and Sexuality".  It was my final semester at Rutgers (Spring 2009), and I needed one additional psychology course to satisfy my minor.

I was drawn to this course on the recommendation of one of my best friends who had taken it the previous year, not to mention my relationship with the professor, with whom I had been fortunate to meet and talk with the prior semester in a student government function.

I have always been progressive in my values, but despite having spent three and a half years at one of America's most diverse campuses, this course shocked even more sense into me about how privileged I am to be a white, heterosexual male.  Privilege indeed is not having to consciously think about your race, sexual orientation, or any other minority status as you live your daily life.

Throughout the semester I learned about the politics and general public resistance of transgender persons competing in sport, how male professional wrestling (i.e. - WWE) has a generally homophobic fan base despite the wrestlers excessively body grooming and wearing stereotypically "flamboyant gay" costumes.  I also learned about the severe power structures of sport, how the locker room can function as a panopticon against progress, and that before Steubenville, Ohio there was Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

No matter the changing content of each weekly interactive class session, what kept reinforcing in my mind is that men and women are treated vastly different within the context of sports.

Some of you may thinking, "well, obviously!", but what about these more subtle examples.

When Don Imus called my fellow students at Rutgers "nappy headed hoes" in Spring 2007, why did everyone focus on the "nappy headed" part, but paid no attention to the "hoes" part?

Why do athletes degrade their opponents by calling them terms associated with weakness and femininity?  Why is it ok to call an opponent a "pussy", "sissy", "faggot", or "you play ball like a girl!" when we want to bring them down?

Why do women tennis players only play 3 sets and men play 5 sets?

Why are women still not allowed to enter the Masters clubhouse?

Perhaps there is no greater representation of how women and men are treated differently in the arena of sports than the composition of the Sports Illustrated cover.  Jason Collins comes out as gay, and he graces the cover of the latest edition:


The only time women grace the cover of Sports Illustrated?



I think the sharp dichotomy in how the public treats men and women athletes is further amplified when you account sexuality and sexual orientation into the equation.

Brittney Griner - the superstar of superstars in women's basketball - comes out, and nobody notices other than hardcore sports fans.  Sure, it was mentioned on ESPN's alternative sports site Grantland (which is fantastic, btw.  Kossack favorite Charles Pierce writes often for the site).  But top headline news for ESPN?  Cover of Sports Illustrated?  Coverage on Daily Kos???

Nope.

Is it because we expected this announcement from Brittney?  Because the conventional wisdom is that all women athletes, especially superstars, are thought to be lesbians?  Because of the way Brittney dresses.  Because of the fact that Brittney had never painted her fingernails before WNBA Draft night?

I'm happy for Jason Collins and hope he gets a job with an NBA team next year (he is currently a free agent).  But the way this situation has unfolded throughout the day - and how it has been vastly different from Brittney's coming out - lends me to believe that the intersections of sport and sexuality require much more discussion than my 400-level psychology course at Rutgers University.

5:14 PM PT: In response to some comments correctly pointing out that the WNBA and women's basketball in general is way less popular than the NBA.  

What I wanted to get at (and may have missed the mark on this particular point) is that a lot of people are saying "who cares" about Jason Collins coming out as gay, he's a borderline bench player at best. It will REALLY be a big deal when a super star comes out. And my point is that, hey, in women's basketball the super-super-superstar DID come out, and nobody cared. So that's where one (of several) double standards exists.

As always, I appreciate whomever takes the time to read my writing and offer their own reflections and expertise.

5:30 PM PT: Also, I think readers are focusing too much about Griner's situation than my overall commentary about how women are treated much differently than men in the arena of sports.

Yes, it was me who put Griner in the title in the first place.  But her story and how it differs from Jason Collins' story is just the first step of the sport/sexuality/politics staircase that I wanted to climb together.

Originally posted to mconvente on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:36 PM PDT.

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  •  people did notice (7+ / 0-)

    and Sheryl Swoopes was a pretty big name when she came out.

    The Senate has no guts. The House has no brains.

    by gossamer1234 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:44:21 PM PDT

    •  Search "Brittney Griner" in diaries and comments (7+ / 0-)

      for all of April.

      1 diary (a New Day one).  I guess 2 now with this one.

      And two comments. (now three since I included her name in the comment title).

      I don't call that noticing, or at least a grand scale.  I noticed, but that's because I'm a sports junkie and love basketball.

      Brittney coming out certainly didn't vault to the top of ESPN or hit every news organization's newswire, like with Jason Collins today.

      It is done. Four More Years.

      by mconvente on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:47:00 PM PDT

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    •  I'll give you that people noticed Sheryl Swoopes (5+ / 0-)

      She got more attention than Brittney Griner did.  But still was not major national news.

      It is done. Four More Years.

      by mconvente on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:48:26 PM PDT

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      •  And Swoopes shattered the ceiling (9+ / 0-)

        in being not only out, but the best player in the WNBA.  While it's fantastic and awesome to see other players coming out - especially a killer, #1 draft pick like Griner - this particular ceiling has not just been busted, but outright pulverized.  It's not a small thing.  If I wanted to show my children out-and-proud women in professional sports, I've had more to chose from than if I wanted to do the same with men in the major sports, outside of the long retired ones you've noted.  Collins is something of a first.

        None of that's to say that the unfortunate cultural attitudes towards women and sports were without doubt a major contributor to Griner's ho-hum response, too.  Sad to say most people couldn't name half a dozen WNBA players at all, and/or assume most of them are lesbians anyway.

        Remember when Elena Kagan was a lesbian because she played softball?  Yeah.

        So: cosigned on everything you've written here.  Sports and sexism goes a lot deeper than we sometimes realize.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:22:26 PM PDT

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    •  Griner didn't come out last week; she was already (1+ / 0-)
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      out. She spoke candidly about her aspiration to become a spokesperson for LGBT and other bullied youth in her interview around the time she was selected as the first pick in the WNBA draft. This isn't necessarily a gender issue. Even a professional backup like Collins has more fame/notoriety than a college player like Griner.

      To compare apples to apples, Griner would have had to establish herself as a pro before coming out. Granted, women's basketball isn't watched as widely as men's, but she's not at the point in her career where you could compare her to Collins.

      But I can't wait for the dunkfest when she goes up against the Sparks and Candice Parker. Two woman dunkers in the same game!

  •  mcon - your comment about Augusta National (1+ / 0-)
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    They do now have women members, Condi Rice and Carla Moore. However, I am not sure that was your question. Augusta is an unusual golf club. It's the most prestigious private golf club in the US, maybe the world, but the admission fee and annual dues are modest. Membership is by invitation only.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:56:58 PM PDT

  •  There's a difference in expectation (4+ / 0-)

    There's actually a lot of expectation that top female athletes are gay because several of the ones reaching the top are often masculine-seeming.  I mean, no one would be THAT surprised if a dozen tennis players in the WTA came out, but there would probably be a lot of surprise if more than 1 or 2 from the ATP came out.

  •  What did Baylor do about Britney Griner's (7+ / 0-)

    coming out? What did Coach Kim Mulkey have to say?

    But for administrators at Baylor, it could not have been a welcome announcement. Griner's alma mater identifies itself as a Christian university, and it has a long history and school policy against homosexuality. Its student handbook says that even advocacy of homosexual behavior is against its policy:

    "The University affirms the biblical understanding of sexuality as a gift from God. Christian churches across the ages and around the world have affirmed purity in singleness and fidelity in marriage between a man and a woman as the biblical norm. Temptations to deviate from this norm include both heterosexual sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior. It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching."
    ...
    Her coach, Kim Mulkey, while noting that her star player had stood up to horrible taunting while playing, professed ignorance of any of her players' relationships when asked about Griner's sexuality in March.

    I remember when, as a freshman, then-"Phenom" Griner busted a TTU player in the face, with a fist, after a play. A one-game suspension came down from Baylor's Coach.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:04:25 PM PDT

  •  It may be simply that (3+ / 0-)
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    women's athletics aren't viewed as important by the big sports media.

    Which is a pity.

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

    by raptavio on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:06:04 PM PDT

  •  Does anyone even pay attention to the WNBA? (4+ / 0-)
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    As dismissive (and snarky) as that sounds, that's probably why no one said anything.

  •  In part because the NBA is a far bigger deal than (7+ / 0-)

    the WNBA, I would think. (I don't give a shit about sports in general, so this is not something I can really discuss with authority, but women's sports in general do not seem to get the same attention as men's.)

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:06:24 PM PDT

  •  I have to admit, (6+ / 0-)

    I had no idea there was still a WNBA.

    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    by NMDad on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:09:04 PM PDT

  •  b/c she wasn't first (4+ / 0-)

    there have been many 'out' lesbians to play team sports but never a male athlete.  I remember it being a big deal when Sheryl Swoops came out years ago.

    Tact is just not saying true stuff. I'll pass.

    by Liberal Elite on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:14:13 PM PDT

  •  it has been uncomfortable for some media (3+ / 0-)

    regardless of her sexuality since in many ways Griner seems intersexed as well but also liberating to see Griner more forthcoming about how folks have hated on her ("sounds like a man") during her time in the college spotlight

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:18:46 PM PDT

  •  It transcends sports (9+ / 0-)

    Quite apart from sports, female homosexuality is more acceptable to male heterosexuals than is male homosexuality.  This may be seen from observing a typical pornographic movie, in which there is almost always a scene involving two lesbians.  Men enjoy these scenes, because they get to see two naked women instead of just one.

    Male homosexuality, on the other hand, is never to be seen in a pornographic movie intended for the straight-male audience.  Instead, films involving male homosexuality are consigned to films intended for a male-homosexual audience only.

  •  it actually got a lot of attention (1+ / 0-)
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  •  There are several reasons (8+ / 0-)

    First, the WNBA doesn't register on the consciousness of most sport fans in North America, so a player coming out is met with a collective "meh." If it's not one of the big 4 team sports (NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL), not as many people care. It would be the same if a male lacrosse player, or rugby player, or football/soccer player came out.

    Second, there's already a stereotype about female athletes and has been forever: hell, the stereotype is that a woman teaching gym class to high school students is probably a lesbian anyway. This means that a female athlete coming out is also met with a collective "meh".

    This is primarily because the stereotype of a lesbian is not in conflict with being an athlete. The traditional stereotype of a gay man, however, is for most of the physical sports. Some sports, as mentioned above, usually those that have some form of artistic component, aren't as in conflict and so a male figure skater or diver or gymnast wouldn't cause that conflict between gay stereotype and the sport.

  •  I think it's easily attributable (1+ / 0-)
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    to Collins being a "first" where Griner isn't. Every first is going to garner a lot of attention. There are a lot of out players in the WNBA.

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    by Vita Brevis on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:53:49 PM PDT

  •  i wonder if men are more frightened by different (1+ / 0-)
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    sexual orientations than women?
    As to publicity, attention, analysis, professionals and men would usually receive more notice.
    For some reasons I can't prove, Sports can sometimes be as backward and inflexible as religious and political panderers and bigots.. or maybe that's why.
    Some of Baseball is still in the century it began.
    Attitudes toward minorities, lgbt, foreigners, poor, female, you name it, are a murk in progress.
    And, look who's in jail, and who's not in jail.
    We had a whole White House full of sadists and crooks and it still hasn't been redressed. If you get your news from 2 sentence generalities no deeper than the paper it's no longer printed on, you might not know much about anything; perfect foil for today's poison pols, who have no excuses or decency or any civil graces.

    Monsanto is poison,gotta be stopped. Can't afford rich people anymore;must cut back. People like Dick Cheney are evil, don't belong in government. We need @ 9 different revolutions in this country, and may they all crossoverlap soon..

    by renzo capetti on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:01:08 PM PDT

  •  I was surprised (in the link) (1+ / 0-)
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    how many fellow NBAers came out in support of him (obviously including Rudy Gay). I expected a lot more of what my own Dolphins player Mike Wallace tweeted.

    All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH.
    SMH means shake my head, by the way, I had to look it up.
    •  or "scratch my head" (1+ / 0-)
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      But yeah, I was surprised at how many players were supporting him as well.    I'm happy about that.

      It is done. Four More Years.

      by mconvente on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:20:35 PM PDT

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      •  Can you imagine if someone (1+ / 0-)
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        had done this in the 1950s? There would have been no outpouring of support, and certainly no phone call from Ike. It was basically viewed by the public at large as a deviant affliction. You probably couldn't play in the NBA of the 50s as an out gay person since in many of the cities you'd have to play in you could be arrested. Even in the 1980s it would have been tough coming out as gay in the NBA (though not as bad as the 50s).

  •  Equal representation (3+ / 0-)

    the university all the others are too afraid to allow in their conference:

     photo 8dea3fe0-c751-4f57-bbaf-0e6a1053337d_zpsb00ebb57.jpg

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:18:23 PM PDT

    •  I hear you there. (1+ / 0-)
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      My alma mater of Rutgers was hoping for a life boat to escape the collapsing Big East, and we were given a cruise liner (Big Ten, here we come).

      UConn has been screwed by the whole process.  As much as Geno sometimes pisses me off (I'm probably just jealous because other than the year our Lady Scarlet Knights made it to the title game, the Lady Huskies have destroyed us), he puts out a great product and is a great coach and leader for the young women on his team.

      It is done. Four More Years.

      by mconvente on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:31:44 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you for the hat tip! (3+ / 0-)
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    I was thinking of a diary on this, but yours is much better than the one I would have written.  Excellent job.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Columbine, Tucson, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston (h/t Charles Pierce)

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:20:39 PM PDT

  •  Lesbianism is more accepted than Homosexuality (2+ / 0-)
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    It's about that straight male fantasy thing.

    Men wanting men are threatening. Not because of a fear of getting hit on. But rather, a fear of not being thought of as hot at all.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:25:02 PM PDT

  •  actually I think the (0+ / 0-)

    'what's the big deal' response shows how quickly society is moving in acceptance of homosexuality.

    That said I think it a mistake to tie this to the oversexualization of women. That is a much more complicated topic and one that likely isn't going to get better simply with time

    In the time that I have been given,
    I am what I am

    by duhban on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:42:59 PM PDT

  •  Great diary. (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks.

    Sorry you're not getting the elevated level of dialogue in the comments that your thoughts warrant. And my brain is kinda fried tonight, so I really have nothing to contribute. Plus, the Thunder/Rockets game is about to start... ;-)

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 06:44:34 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the recognition (1+ / 0-)
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      I suppose I'm being selfish in wanting a deeper discussion, so thanks for recognizing that I'd like a more in-depth thoughts from the readers than just focusing on Brittney Griner coming out.

      Her story was just a sparking point, in light of a male counterpart coming out today, for much larger issues at hand.

      It is done. Four More Years.

      by mconvente on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 07:14:42 PM PDT

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      •  I'd love to see a deeper discussion here at dKos (2+ / 0-)
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        of the social & cultural issues tied to sport. But there seems to be a snobbish condescenscion mixed with profound ignorance that prevails among far too many Kossacks. Like a smart, educated progressive can't also be a hard-core sports fan. (Not to mention a feminist girl at the same time...pass the smelling salts!)

        My sister's career is in athletics; we discuss sports passionately and at length all the time. My dad--a priest & language professor--would barely recognize a basketball if it dropped on his head. He marvels at how his two daughters became athletes and huge athletic supporters. [cheesy pun intended] We're all proud activist progressives, too--none of this is mutually exclusive. And, in fact, many topics about sports & society are not only fascinating, but deeply relevant to political subjects debated at dKos every day.

        Keep blogging about sports & culture, and I'll keep reading...

        BTW, how about those Rockets? Way to avoid the sweep!

        Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

        by earicicle on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 12:42:42 AM PDT

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        •  Not sure if you will see this now, but... (1+ / 0-)
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          I totally agree with you about the overall attitude of Kossacks to sports.

          I don't think I'm involved with another community that is more apathetic toward sports than Daily Kos.  There are two types - those that enjoy sports, especially Olympic sports, but detest what Big Money has done to the four "major" leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL).  And then there are some outspoken members who can't stand sports of any kind.

          I understand why people complain about major sports, particularly with regard to taxpayer funded stadiums and all.  And overpaid, whiny athletes.

          But is that any different from overpaid, whiny musicians or other celebrities?  Major sports is a form of entertainment that I enjoy, much as it is with Kossacks who hate sports, but love attending live concerts (which I enjoy, too, btw).

          As much as we want to be the grown ups in the room, the stereotype of liberals being anti-sports is not exactly busted when reading the comments here at Daily Kos.  Sorry that it matters, but it matters - you have to make an emotional connection with common voters.  And when John Kerry, the long time Senator for Mass, calls it "Fenway Field", yeah that's a problem.

          "a snobbish condescenscion mixed with profound ignorance that prevails among far too many Kossacks."
          Indeed.

          It is done. Four More Years.

          by mconvente on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:13:54 AM PDT

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  •  Well, at least that explains why I kept hearing it (1+ / 0-)
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    qualified as 'the first player to come out in a major league' or somesuch.  Apparently the WNBA doesn't count as 'major' to the pundits.

  •  Women are under-represented (1+ / 0-)
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    in sports culture. But as sexist as the yearly bikini cover clearly is, so suggest that no women are granted the cover of SI is a gross oversimplification.

    But mainly I want to applaud Griner for coming out, and thanks to the diarist for calling the situation to my attention.

  •  Maybe it was just here... (3+ / 0-)

    but at UCLA we've had out players on the women's basketball team even back in the 1990s, and nobody really cared either way.

    We also have the only openly gay coach in ANY sport at the NCAA Division I level.

    For UCLA softball assistant coach Kirk Walker, some battles have been bigger than those his team faces at the ballpark.

    UCLA is celebrating Ally Week, and Walker, who is openly gay, has been part of the effort put forth by UCLA Athletics and UCLA Recreation to help educate students regarding homophobia and bullying in sports and recreation.

    But Walker has not always been as outspoken as he is now. It was not until 2006, when he was the coach at Oregon State, that he publicly disclosed his sexuality.

    Walker and his partner were entering the process of adopting a child, and since his sexuality was about to become public, he wanted to be the one to tell his players.

    “I don’t remember exactly what my words were because I was very, very nervous. … Immediately (players’) hands went up and all the questions were about the adoption. It was a relatively easy process, very relieving,” Walker said.

    Walker’s announcement to his team made him the only publicly out NCAA Division I coach. It is a label he has both struggled with and embraced, fearing people would focus on his sexuality rather than his work. It was not until he received messages of support that he became an activist for LGBT rights.

    “I was kind of a reluctant activist in the beginning, the first years I really fought it, I wanted to be known for my ability on the field, my ability as a coach,” Walker said. “I became less reluctant when I realized the impact that it was having.”

    After that article came out... nothing.  It simply isn't an issue here.  But then, we are UCLA, the school Jackie Robinson went to.  We're known for breaking barriers.  8-)
  •  It's multi-faceted (3+ / 0-)
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    First of all, she's not, by any means, the first WNBA player to come out. Secondly, she is by FAR not the first female team athlete to come out. For instance, not only has Megan Rapinoe, of the US women's soccer team, been out for a while--so has the US team's recent coach, Pia Sundhage.

    Second of all, yes, people are far less surprised that women athletes are lesbians.

    And third, yes, sorry, the WNBA is a niche. And I say that not to be mean, because one of my favorite sports is also a niche. That would be figure skating. Oh, and the rest of it applies, too--did you know that a recent two-time Olympic skater from the USA was not only gay, but got married to a man? That's right--Johnny Weir...now known as Johnny Weir-Voronov. Johnny Weir wasn't on the cover of SI--because nobody gives a crap about figure skating, and because "male figure skater gay!" surprised absolutely no one.

    "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

    by ChurchofBruce on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 07:28:21 PM PDT

  •  There have been a lot of non-boob-related women (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    on the cover of SI, just to be completely fair. The wonderful Martina herself was on more than once after she came out. And she gave Collins major kudos today, too.

    Here's a Sports Illustrated story about that:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/...

  •  The WNBA has had "out" players from day one. (0+ / 0-)

    Sue Wicks comes to mind immediately.

    It simply isn't news for a WNBA player (or soon-to-be WNBA player) to come out.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:35:43 PM PDT

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