The tennis and wider community continue to band together in response to Margaret Court’s homophobic and extremely medieval thoughts on the LBGTI community. Today it has been reported that Court blames older lesbian tennis players for influencing younger stars stating that “Tennis is full of lesbians” and that they (Lesbian players in her day) “took young ones into parties and things.”
The debate continues around the renaming of the arena that recognises Court’s impressive tennis career and it’s creating a whole lot of cracking reading material on Twitter (my personal favourite is a particular tweet regarding the men’s toilets at the arena- I’ll let you find it).
It still baffles me that people have this mindset about the LGBTI community, like they’re predators or ‘sick’. Even my 70 year old semi-religious grandmother doesn’t think twice about whose loving who anymore. Granted this is thanks in large part to my best friend who is one of those men who like men (gasp!).
At first, she didn’t know how to behave and giggled a lot and got shy but now she realises he is who he is and his sexual preference does not define him as a person. He’s not the devil. He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s caring and he’s kind.
Margaret Court probably needs to expand her friend circle (my Nan is always free) and realise that in 2017 it’s ok to be different, in fact no one really cares.
Check out this fun little video from SBS Viceland on the topic if you feel inclined !