From the Advocate: Reasons to Have Pride in 2012, Part 1: We came out, we saw ourselves in media, and we conquered hearts and minds in the last year. From major wins to small victories, here is the first of four parts of 181 reasons to feel proud of not being straight and narrow: Because there are out WNBA players
Minnesota lynx basketball star Seimone Augustus is, by all means, a homebody, but something told her to go out to a Minneapolis bar one night. After a few moments of quietly nursing a drink, she locked eyes with someone across the room. But this 6-foot-tall guard, the toast of Louisiana State University’s basketball program, a number 1 WNBA draft pick, and an Olympian, was too shy to even muster up a simple “hello.”
Fortunately, fate didn’t allow these two ships to pass in the night, and five years after their first date at a local Six Flags theme park, Augustus is getting married—to a woman. She says her future nuptials with LaTaya Varner encouraged her to come out publicly as a lesbian, and the two are planning a summer wedding. Not this summer, though. The 28-year-old is concentrating on finishing her season in the Turkish women’s basketball league, a two-peat of the WNBA league title, and bringing home the gold this summer from the London Olympics.
Now, if only all those gay men’s and women’s basketball coaches would follow suit….
In other news: Brittney Griner is Still on Cloud Nine
“When I first started playing basketball I didn’t think I would be here today, winning a championship, going to Baylor, the opportunities that have opened up for me, never would have thought that this would have happened,” Griner said.
“I’m definitely glad. It humbled me.”
Griner, who still has one year of eligibility left, said there was never any doubt she would return to Baylor for her senior season.
She also said there’s no doubt in her mind the Lady Bears can win back-to-back national titles.
“It’d mean everything in the world to repeat,” Griner said. “You don’t want to get up there and then fall down.