Lesbian tennis player is world's No. 1 by Tom Musbach
Olympic silver medalist Amelie Mauresmo, a lesbian tennis player from France, has become the world's top-ranked woman player, according to rankings from the WTA Tour released on Monday.
Mauresmo is only the second female athlete, behind Belgian Kim Clijsters, to hold the top spot without having won a Grand Slam tournament. The Frenchwoman's only appearance in a Grand Slam final was the 1999 Australian Open.
"Hopefully, now the Grand Slams will follow," she told reporters last week. "It's all about building things step by step. This gives me an incentive to work and work."
Mauresmo, 25, holds 13 WTA (Women's Tennis Association) singles titles. After revealing her sexual orientation during an interview with a French newspaper in 1999, she has endured comments about her strength and athletic style not being "feminine" enough.
Helen Carroll of the Homophobia in Sports Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights criticized the stereotyping behind such remarks.
"That she is not 'feminine enough' speaks to societal attitudes of gender as much as sexual orientation," Carroll said. "Does 'feminine enough' mean a sports woman must be modeling the latest fashions for the media?"
"As long as she's comfortable with herself that's all that matters," said Tyler Hoffman, spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Professional Athletes Association. "Maybe she can encourage other (lesbian athletes) to not hide."
"[Mauresmo] is the image of a vibrant mature woman excelling in her endeavors," Carroll told the PlanetOut Network. "That makes her a role model for all types of women!"
I'm trying to think of an out lesbian who's won a Best Actress Oscar. We've had a couple of closet cases, but let's face facts, no one's truly in the closet in Hollywood because it's too small a town, and I mean from the 1920's to the 1990's. All I can say is, Joan Fontaine and Patricia Neal have never put the moves on me, so I think they're off the short list.
I love how even a gay-rag has to point out that's she slamless at No. 1 also. I mean, if a rag is going to cut her a break, wouldn't it be this one?