week’s story about the soccer coach at Belmont University who was
fired for being a lesbian? Here’s yet another story about homophobia
in the athletic world.
According to University of Minnesota golf coach Katie Brenny, she
was demoted because she is a lesbian. She contends that after her
superior discovered that she was gay, she was relegated to a desk
job and was prohibited from training players or traveling with the
team. Her attorney, Donald Chance Mark Jr., said that he has sufficient
evidence to show that the demotion occurred immediately after the
official who hired her found out that she is a lesbian.
While the facts of this incident are still coming to light, it does
highlight an ongoing pattern of homophobia in sports. In addition to
the firing of the soccer coach, there is the lesbian couple that was
from a Baltimore Ravens game for being affectionate, the nixing
of the WNBA Mystics kiss cam because it might capture two women
kissing, and many other incidents of anti gay sentiment directed at
‘Tis a shame. Lesbians and sports go together like vodka and cranberry
juice. Having just one or the other just isn’t the same, but reading
about all of these stories makes me want to hold the cranberry juice
and go straight for the vodka.