Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

King of the Courts

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

King of the Courts

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BILLIE JEAN KING MAKES HISTORY ANEW, THIS TIME AS THE OUT COACH OF THE

WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAM

Some achievements in gay and lesbian history hit the headlines--and our hearts--with hurricane force. Others, though perhaps no less impressive, pass by as subtly as a whisper.

As far as we know, tennis legend Billie Jean King, 56, is the first openly gay or lesbian person to be named coach of a U.S. Olympic team. We have no doubt that there have been a number of other lesbian Olympic coaches--King herself coached the 1996 gold medal-winning U.S. team, but she had not fully left the closet at the time. Since then King, who will lead the U.S. women's squad of Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, and Venus and Serena Williams this September, has spoken candidly about her sexuality, coming out in an Advocate interview published in August 1998. The fact that her openness is no big deal is what makes this latest breakthrough a big deal indeed. …

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