WNBA’s Swoopes reveals she is gay

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  1. jaxvid

    jaxvid Hall of Famer

    Oct 15, 2004
    Stop the presses, there is a lesbian in the WNBA!
    Note her comments she wasn't born gay. I read where her current partner "comforted" her when she broke up with her husband. Uh-huh.

    WNBA's Swoopes reveals she is gay Associated Press
    Wed Oct 26, 8:00 PM ET

    SUMMARY: Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes told a magazine she is gay and "tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about."

    NEW YORK -- Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes is opening up about being a lesbian, telling a magazine that she's "tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about."

    Swoopes, honored last month as the WNBA's Most Valuable Player, told ESPN The Magazine for a story on newsstands Wednesday that she didn't always know she was gay and fears that coming out could jeopardize her status as a role model.

    "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."

    A release from ESPN The Magazine about the story did not disclose the identity of Swoopes' partner.

    A five-time All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Swoopes is the WNBA's only three-time MVP. She played for the Comets during their run of four championships from 1997-2000, but missed the 2001 season with a knee injury.

    She said her biggest worry about her revelation is that people will be afraid to look up to her.

    "I don't want that to happen," she said. "Being gay has nothing to do with the three gold medals or the three MVPs or the four championships I've won. I'm still the same person. I'm Sheryl."

    Swoopes led the WNBA in scoring last year, averaging 18.6 points. She also averaged 4.3 assists and 2.65 steals while making 85 percent of her free throws and playing a league-high 37.1 minutes a game.

    She said it "irritates" her that no one talks about gays playing in men's sports, but that it's become an issue in the WNBA.

    "Sexuality and gender don't change anyone's performance on the court," she said. "Women play just as hard as guys do. We're just as competitive."
  2. SteveB

    SteveB Mentor

    Apr 27, 2005
    Here is another twist to the story. Swoopes started her college career at Univ.of Texas, but after a few months transferred to a junior college then went on to Texas Tech and won the national championship. The rumors around Texas is that she transferred because she was tired of being hit on by the lesbians associated with the UT program.
  3. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    The "I wasn't born that way" comment will infuriate the professional homosexual militants that dominate the media (and the federal government). Their propaganda line is that people, especially children, can be bombarded with unlimited amounts of homoerotic and pro-homosexual material and it will have no affect on them if they "weren't born that way."

    Homosexuals don't reproduce so they must constantly recruit, andgiven their placement in the power structurethey have the green light to recruit all they want.
  4. Southern Knight

    Southern Knight Guru

    Aug 5, 2005
    North Carolina
    "Homosexuals don't reproduce so they must constantly recruit..."
    Thank you, thank you, and thank you. I have been saying this for
    years, and NOBODY seems to accept this common sense premise.

    Virtually ALL propaganda can be undone by applying common sense and
    pointing to the most basic of demonstrable fact. That is
    precisely why propaganda must be repeated ad nauseum</span>; it must drown-out the voice of reason.

    Back to the topic: why would anyone be surprised that lesbians would be
    prominent in women's sports? Testosterone increases strength,
    quickness, and aggression, all of which are needed to compete at a high
    level. REAL lesbians (not the ones found in Penthouse</span>)
    usually have increased testosterone levels. And have you seen Ms.
    Swoopes? She looks like a muscular drag queen rather than a woman.
  5. hedgehog

    hedgehog Mentor

    Apr 16, 2005
    I read today that the chinese guy from star trek is a gay. I sure hope there was no funny business in the dressing rooms.

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