Sunday, December 10, 2023

Tennis Anyone?

One of the things that I learned early on... some lesbians support us and other hate our guts. I have met both types and those that embrace us are the vast, vast majority of the lesbians. 

This is one lesbian who hates our guts.
Tennis star Martina Navratilova has once again hit out at trans women.
Pink News
By Sophie Perry
November 30, 2023

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday (28 November), Navratilova opposed the inclusion of LGBTQ+ activist and trans firefighter Katie Cornhill in a lesbian visibility tribute by Stonewall.

“Omg…a bloke cannot be a lesbian,” she wrote. “No matter what they say, no matter how they feel, no matter how much they try to convince us otherwise. A bloke≠ a lesbian.”

She was retweeting a post by another anti-trans activist.

Omg…a bloke cannot be a lesbian. No matter what they say, no matter how they feel, no matter how much they try to convince us otherwise. A bloke≠ a lesbian XXXXXXXXX

— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) November 28, 2023
In the responses to the post, Navratilova replied to someone who questioned what she would call someone who does “genuinely feel like a woman and wants to be with other woman romantically”. They went on to ask: “Do you deny their existence, or use other names for them, or what?”


The tennis star previously signed a letter supporting the exclusion of trans girls from girls’ sports and called on president Joe Biden to “carve out” out special rules to strictly control trans inclusion at elite level.

She also told trans ally and actor Daniel Radcliffe to “be quiet” on trans issues and hit out at a drag queen just because they spoke about how LGBTQ+ rights are being eroded in the US.
But other lesbians have stepped up to the plate for us!
By Pranjali P.
October 7, 2023

Martina Navratilova has divulged who among her colleagues Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, and Billie Jean King, are backing her as she fights for women’s rights and safety amid the controversy over trans inclusion in sports.

Navratilova has time and again voiced her opposition to the inclusion of transgender athletes in the women’s category – a pressing issue that has grappled the world of sports in recent times.


One individual on the social media site X commended Navratilova’s firm stance on the issue while noting that the tennis legend has been fighting the battle alone without any support from her colleagues - Billie Jean King, Steffi Graf, and Chris Evert. The person especially expressed disappointment about a women’s rights activist such as Billie Jean King not advocating the cause.
That is because they support us and not bigotry. From 2020;
By Athlete Ally
December 21, 2020

Today, sports icon Billie Jean King, U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team Co-Captain and World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, and WNBA trail-blazer and legend Candace Parker joined nearly 200 fellow athletes in women’s sports to support providing girls and women who are transgender the equal opportunity to participate in sports.

The athletes joined Athlete Ally and the Women’s Sports Foundation as signatories to a friend-of-the-court brief Lambda Legal filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, urging the court to affirm a lower court ruling enjoining an Idaho law that effectively banned transgender girls from participating sports in Idaho schools. Athlete Ally is a nonprofit organization that advocates for LGBTQ inclusion in sports. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on enabling girls and women to reach their potential in sport and life.

“There is no place in any sport for discrimination of any kind,” Billie Jean King said. “I’m proud to support all transgender athletes who simply want the access and opportunity to compete in the sport they love. The global athletic community grows stronger when we welcome and champion all athletes – including LGBTQI+ athletes.”
Yes, this article is a couple of years old but they are still supporting us and it states it clearer that the other article.
Billie defends their participation in the women's category and Martina is clearly against it
March 1, 2023

Two tennis players who dominated their sport in their respective heyday, both champions of the equality of women's tennis in relation to men's, Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, currently hold totally opposing positions on the inclusion of transgender athletes in women's competitions.

Whereas King openly defends it, Navratilova opposes it even more strongly.

Both lesbians, they both challenged men in duels that were major events: King defeated Bobby Riggs, winner of Wimbledon in 1939, in an exhibition match in 1973; and Navratilova faced Jimmy Connors in 1992, with modified rules in her favor, and victory for the American tennis player.

Despite having allied together in the same fight in the past, they now personify the open fracture in the feminist and LGTBI collectives about this new reality.

Billie Jean King, now aged 79, is an active member, among other organizations, of Athlete Ally, which promotes the inclusion of transgender athletes.

She recently expressed her satisfaction on social media at the ruling of the US Federal Court of Appeals that validated the policy in force in the state of Connecticut and that allows transgender students to be part of teams that correspond to their gender identity.
Don’t paint the lesbian community with a broad brush, the majority support us.

Set the Way Back Machine for a blast from the past!
How They Play
August 3, 2023

The Backlash Begins
Whether it’s the struggle for civil rights, women’s rights, or LGBTQ rights, no social movement proceeds in a smooth and linear fashion. There are always bumps and detours on the road to progress. It’s always two steps forward and one step back on the journey toward equality.

Today, we’re witnessing backlash against all these movements. Black people are having their history whitewashed and their ability to vote imperiled. Women can no longer make decisions about their own bodies. The LGBTQ community – especially trans folks – are being told that they’ve made too many gains so their protections are now being stripped away.

As a result of this fallout, the story of Renée Richards is more relevant and enlightening than ever. Renée was known as Richard Raskin for her first 40 years before transitioning in 1975. She became a public figure and a source of controversy when she joined the women’s professional tennis tour.


To put it mildly, Renée Richards was not warmly received when she joined the women's professional tennis tour in the 1970s. It was a time of tremendous social change with the sexual revolution, anti-war protests, feminism, the Black Panther Party, and gay pride. Transgender issues, though, remained taboo and wouldn't be dealt with for decades to come.

As was to be expected, the tumult during the 70s created pushback from the so-called religious right. They resisted these changes to the culture and fought to uphold traditional values and the nuclear family.
That was the time of Anita Bryantn and the “Save Our Children” campaign, NBC News reported;
At a public hearing in Dade County, Florida, parents were enraged. The nation, they said, was in peril and children were at risk. A recent ordinance had granted gay people housing and employment protections, and that meant teachers couldn’t be fired because of their sexuality. 

Florida classrooms quickly became a battleground, and opponents of the ordinance said the state’s support of civil rights for homosexuals was infringing on their rights as parents. 

Action had to be taken, and a campaign to limit the legal rights of LGBTQ people — all in the name of protecting children — was enacted. A woman who spoke at this hearing said it was her right to control “the moral atmosphere in which my children grow up.” That woman was Anita Bryant, formerly Miss Oklahoma and a white, telegenic, Top 40 singer who was well known for her Florida orange juice commercials (“A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine!” she’d say). Bryant spearheaded an anti-LGBTQ campaign of such impact that its echoes can be heard in today’s rhetoric. The year was 1977.
This why you should learn our history, we survived once and we can do it again!

The Republican have a very short memory, they claim that we are a new phenomenon because they forget about Renee Richards.  

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