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A good defense is a strong offense.

I was reading an article on MSN Today about two female atheletes who just had press conferences to thwart rumours they were gay. One athlete, a basketball player, came out as gay, confirming the rumours and the other, a boxer (Laila Ali), denied the rumours, insisting she’s straight. Very good then.
The article continued to talk about what happens in sport when people assume players are gay. The author made several points. You can find the actual article here for as long as they leave it posted.
The last paragraph reads:
"The stigma, though, is still there. A former Penn State player recently claimed that she was tossed from the team because the coach mistakenly thought she was a lesbian. She, like many female athletes, must defend their sexuality on a continuing basis. "
The emphasis in red font is mine. I thought it was interesting that they refer to people telling the world that they are straight as "defending their sexuality". I do not think staight people have to "defend their sexuality" – really, as the article proves – it’s gay people who must "defend their sexuality". If the athlete in the aforementioned quotation were obviously staight, she wouldn’t have been kicked off the team. No defense needed. It’s because she’s perceived as gay that she was kicked off. So it’s the gay sexuality that needed defense.
Beh. There’s my political rant for the day. I hadn’t had one in a while so I was due.
Categories: LGBT
  1. Jenn
    November 18, 2005 at 8:20 pm

    Well, it was a good rant at that.

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