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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.
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masoo From: masoo Date: October 26th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A decent percentage, huh? Based on the Monarchs games I've attended, "decent" means "60."

Hey, happy everything to you guys! It must be fun getting to celebrate so many things at the same time. One day when we're all old we can sit back and read Skylar's blog where she talks about this stuff.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Like next year, maybe? :-) She is certainly making rapid progress on the literacy front.

I wonder if Monarchs games are more skewed than others. Did you see that article on the WNBA in The Believer from earlier this year?
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 27th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Didn't read the article ... is it online anywhere?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No, it's a print article. Or at least I think it is.
elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: October 26th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wish it were a longer article, with more details of her thoughts and opinions included.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think the one in ESPN: The Magazine has more quotes and info.
katieengl From: katieengl Date: October 27th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

i agree

i'd like to see a little more opinion. especially in the "no i wasnt born this way" feild. thats interesting.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: i agree

My own sense of the way desire works is that it's less static than most people tend to think. Or, rather, the objects it seeks can and do change.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: November 1st, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Many lesbians said they hated to see the Miami Sol go but, I certainly do like women's basketball too. I don't think it's such a big deal about her but, I'm sure many other think differently (especially in the black community).
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