Homophobia And Women’s Basketball: An Honest Look

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I invite you to give this column by Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant a sincere read. It is about how homosexuality is perceived, discussed and dealt with in women’s basketball.

Within this piece you will hear from Geno Auriemma, Jen Rizzotti, Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo, among others, who discuss the facts, misconceptions, biases and realities of life in women’s college basketball, the WNBA and in high school.

It’s a topic brought to life when Brittney Griner told ESPNW recently that Baylor coach Kim Mulkey asked her to keep her sexuality a secret, so not to interfere with potential problems it might cause in recruiting or possible scrutiny it would bring to a program within an institution that’s view on gay rights leans to ultra-conservatism.

If you’ve ever wondered why male athletes tend to be homophobic but females more tolerant and understanding you need to read this.

If you want to know how gay and straight teammates seem to get along in women’s basketball you need to read this.

If you want to know if coaches use each other’s sexuality against each other in recruiting or purposefully ignore gay players you need to read this.



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