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Posted: Sep Thu 21, 2017 1:08 pm       "I Am GAY"
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There have been some rumours about Johanna Larsson's homosexuality for years, now the 29-year-old Swedish player confirmed it in an interview to SVT TV in Sweden. Next to her there was just her girlfriend Amanda Strang.

They openly kissed each other. It wasn't an easy decision for Larsson, who first announced the news to her family after thinking about it for several years. 'I kept my first relationship secret from everyone for two years before the situation got untenable.

It was horrible to lie. I remember once that my mother had asked me if I met a woman and I denied it. I closed in upon myself, and I had no choice. My mum's reaction was unbelievable, she told me 'I love you no matter what.' Another reason why she kept it secret was the fear of losing sponsors: 'I had dependence on people, I was afraid of their reactions and of not being able to keep following my dreams in tennis'.

Stressful life on the WTA Tour was an obstacle realizing she was lesbian: 'I understood it late. I was so focused on tennis that love, emotions or anything that could have distracted me from the sport was put aside. I was putting my life aside and I never faced such problems.

Now I feel grateful.' It was a slow coming out for Larsson, who openly showed her love in Bastad last year during the WTA event that takes place in July. 'Suddenly Amanda took me by hand, then I was like: 'Oh sh**...
     


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Posted: Sep Thu 21, 2017 4:32 pm       
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Dang !! another one gone to the other side. LOL
Blame Navratilova and BJK.
Who is next?
Hey Puig, Aiava, Vondrousova, Sophie Chang, stay with us OK? lol lol
     


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Posted: Sep Thu 21, 2017 4:38 pm       
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My guess? Garbine, Pliskova, Halep, Kerber.
     
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Posted: Sep Thu 21, 2017 6:05 pm       
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I saw your name next to the thread title and thought you wanted something to say to us...
     

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Posted: Sep Thu 21, 2017 6:08 pm       
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@ Ace2Ace:
 
LOL, Navratilova or BJK have not converted anyone... straight will be straight, and gay will be gay.

What they may have done, however, is stopping some from having an unhappy life based on lies.
All the best to Larsson and her partner!
     

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Posted: Sep Thu 21, 2017 6:44 pm       
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As long as Aiava and Jaimee are just friends, all is well. Smile  But if they declare they are gays, well, we'll have a new gay Grand Slam champion since the Navratilova's days. Come on girl, got to reach top-100 by next March. (I revised the calendar Smile )

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My guess? Garbine, Pliskova, Halep, Kerber.
Muguruza? maybe..
Halep? no...Can't see it... she is as religious as a none. Romania is not a place  you find gays easily. Maybe the entire country has about 3 gays people... lol lol ... Romania is lagging behind, in the gay revolution...
Look more to the WEST.
     


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Posted: Sep Thu 21, 2017 7:18 pm       
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Australian tennis champ Margaret Court is doubling down against marriage equality in Australia, saying that proponents of equality are seeking to destroy marriage and all major holidays in the country.

“They want marriage because they want to destroy it,” said Court, now a Pentecostal minister. “There will be no Mother’s Day, there will be no Father’s Day, there will be no Easter, there will be no Christmas.”

A tennis champion with 64 Grand Slam Title wins to her name, Court made her most recent anti-LGBT remarks after being ousted as patron of the Cottesloe Tennis Club in Perth, which she said was motivated because of her views on marriage equality. She called the move by the tennis club politically motivated and suggested that the actions of the club reflected a left-leaning agenda that impinged on her freedom of speech, according to The West Australian.

“I think it’s sad. You don’t have the freedom of speech today to really defend yourself,” Court said. “It’s a sad day for our nation when it comes to that.”

To be fair, the president of the tennis club, Ian Hutton, confirmed that her views were discussed as part of the patron election process, as her extreme anti-LGBT stance may have prohibited her from attending certain events at the club. Chief executive of Tennis West Michael Roberts agreed that her views likely played a role.

“If you’ve got an opinion that’s very polarizing, when you’re so firmly supportive or against something, then it’s going to have an impact on how you’re perceived in the community,” he told The West Australian.

Australians currently have until November 7 to mail in a vote on whether they are for or against marriage equality, before Parliament votes on the issue. The results are of the mail-in vote are nonbinding, as Parliament will ultimately decide the fate of LGBT Australians. However, the mail-in ballot has inspired anti-LGBT groups to create harmful campaigns claiming that gay people are pedophiles and that marriage equality would lead to boys wearing dresses in school.

Court’s failure to be reelected as a patron to the Perth club prompted her to further comment on her perceived victimization even as same-sex couples in Australia are not recognized equally under the law there.

“I sense at the moment you can put a Yes [to marriage] sign in the window, everything’s all right, but if you put a No sign you get a brick through your window,” Court said. “We already have 36,000 gay couples in this nation, that’s not a lot of people when you think about the 25 million. They already have civil union [sic].”

Earlier this year, another tennis great — out star Martina Navratilova — wrote an open letter to the The Sydney Morning Herald urging the operators of the Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena, which hosts the Australian Open, to change the name. Billie Jean King, another lesbian tennis star, weighed in and said that Court’s remarks about LGBT people have been “hurtful” but that she did not believe the arena name should be changed.

Four months prior to King’s famous "Battle of the Sexes" 1973 match, in which she trounced Bobby Riggs, Court played the famed chauvinist and lost miserably in what has been dubbed "The Mother’s Day Massacre." At an event in Los Angeles early this summer, Jessica McNamee, who plays Court in the upcoming film Battle of the Sexes, spoke with The Advocate about the controversy surrounding the real person she portrayed in the film.

"As far as changing the name of the court … I actually spoke to Billie Jean King recently. I guess I mimic her sentiment in that [Court] has a right to freedom of speech, and I don’t necessarily think that the name needs to be changed,” McNamee said. “Essentially, you know she was awarded that exclusively for her tennis, you can’t deny that she was the best female tennis player of her time. But yeah, I definitely have strongly different beliefs than her."
     
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Posted: Sep Thu 21, 2017 7:19 pm       
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The former tennis champion Margaret Court has claimed “tennis is full of lesbians” following a row over remarks she made previously about gay marriage. She added that transgender children were the work of “the devil”.

Court’s earlier comments opposing same-sex marriage sparked furious debate about whether the show court named in her honour at Melbourne Park should be changed. However, she said that attempts to remove her name from it were “bullying”.

In an interview with Vision Christian Radio on Wednesday, Court claimed that a “gay lobby” was trying to “get [into] the minds of children” through Australia’s Safe Schools anti-bullying program.

“Tennis is full of lesbians. Even when I was playing there were only a couple there but those couple that led took young ones into parties,” Court said. “And what you get at the top is often what you’ll get right through that sport.”

She added: “We’re there to help them overcome. We’re not against the people.”
     
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