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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

But replace Martina?! Never!

Got this through Page One Q...

I love it when jocks come out:

Basketball star Sheryl Swoopes, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time MVP of the WNBA, has come out publicly as a lesbian, making her the highest-profile team sport athlete to come out while playing.

Swoopes, 34, has been hired as a spokeswoman for Olivia Cruises, which specializes in tour packages for lesbians. In connection with this, she is doing an extensive round of interviews with media outlets to talk about her decision to come out.

Swoopes told ESPN the magazine for their issue hitting newsstands Wednesday that she is "tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about."

Well done, Swoopes. We need more strong, capable lesbian role models.

Page One Q also links to this editorial:

This is big. Real big.

Sheryl Swoopes is the most decorated, biggest-name athlete in American team sports history to come out of the closet. Period. And that's not over-stating it. Along with Martina, she is, overnight, one of our two biggest name in sports.

To say the Michael Jordan of women's basketball just declared that she's a lesbian is no stretch. Swoopes won four consecutive league championships with the Houston Comets. She won her third league MVP award – more than anyone else – this past season. She is in the top five on the all-time WNBA playoffs lists for points, assists, steals and rebounds. She has won three Olympic gold medals. She was the college player of the year.

And, if all that's not enough, she has a Nike shoe called the Air Swoopes.

It's a really interesting article.

Can I tell you again how much I love lesbian atheletes? They're one of the things that makes the world go 'round.


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