Ask AfterEllen.com (Jan. 20, 2009)

 
 

Question: How many current WNBA players are out?

— Amy, Washington, DC

Answer: Only two three who are currently active players in the WNBA: Olympic Gold Medallist Sheryl Swoopes (Seattle Storm) and Latasha Byears (Houston Comets), and Ann Wauters (San Antonia Silver Stars), who married her partner recently and came out in a Dutch interview entitled “I have a girlfriend, so what?” (thanks to AE readers mangopeach and happy phantom for the tip!).

Sheryl Swoopes

The first player to come out while active was Sue Wicks, who was out throughout her tenure in the WNBA and finished her career in 2002 as the number-eight leader of all time in shots blocked. Minnesota Lynx player Michele Van Gorp came out shortly afterwards by revealing that and her partner had entered into a civil union; she retired from the WNBA in 2005.

Rumor has it that there are perhaps one or two more queer players in the league — maybe even three! But given the pressure on players to stay closeted so the financially struggling league (the Houston Comets recently ceased operations) can lure more families to games, I suspect we’re unlikely to see that list grow substantially anytime soon.

Question: Whatever happened to that show on Logo about gays and lesbians in the military? Was a pilot ever made?

— Corinna, New York City

Answer: The series you’re referring to was a one-hour drama called The Service that Logo was considering developing a few years ago — it never made it to the pilot stage, unfortunately.

Question: Any idea when Out at the Wedding will be out on DVD?

Berry Lynn

Answer: Out at the Wedding is finally being released on DVD in the U.S. on Feb. 17, two days after it premieres on Logo’s TV channel, and a year and a half after it debuted on the film festival circuit.

I watched the movie when it was making the festival rounds, and definitely enjoyed it (read our review here). There is some over-acting, and some over-the-top plot points, but Cathy DeBuono is charming as the film’s lesbian-for-hire, even if I could have done without another on-camera appearance of the Lesbian Bandanna.

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