Re: Why do tennis fans accept lesbian tennis stars yet no one in ATP out of closet?
This is simply about money. You average player, a non-star, still has shoe deals and racket deals and deals to give off season clinics. And homophobia can adversely affect their ability to get those things. So when you start rumors so-and-s0 is gay, you don't know how their parents, their church, their others employers or their relatives may feel about that. They player who want to make announcements about it, have done so. The players who just live their lives out of the closet, have no doubt been asked about it, have answered, and it's part of the public record.
An apt comparison is what was called 'passing', back in the day. Very light-skinned Blacks in the USA who live their lives as whites, thus avoiding all the white racism and outright terrorism that came with being Black in the USA. other Black folks didn't start rumors that that person was really Black. They were making a sacrifice to avoid suffering, and potentially death. We understood that. It's the same deal for gays.
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Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.