WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes, the league's most decorated player, has come out of the closet. This move is sure to get all kinds of press. I applaud her, not only for taking a huge risk, but for doing her best to be true to her own experience of the complexity of desire:
"Do I think I was born this way? No," Swoopes said. "And that's probably confusing to some, because I know a lot of people believe that you are."
Swoopes, who was married and has an 8-year-old son, said her 1999 divorce "wasn't because I'm gay."
She said her reason for coming out now is merely because she wants to be honest.
"It's not something that I want to throw in people's faces. I'm just at a point in my life where I'm tired of having to pretend to be somebody I'm not," the 34-year-old Swoopes said. "I'm tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about. About the person I love."
Here's hoping that the league's fans, a decent percentage of whom are lesbians, give her the support that others may deny her.