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Billie Jean King

More about Billie Jean King, the lesbian tennis great who beat bobby Riggs in a September 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. King was a vocal advocate for women's equal pay and equal rights and her match against Riggs was symbolic of women's struggle for equality. She founded the Women's Tennis Association and Women's Sports Foundation. Billie Jean King made headlines in 1998 when she came out of the closet. In 2000 she served as the first openly gay coach of the United States women's tennis team.

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, King praised Serena Williams for standing up to tennis's double standard that unfairly punishes women of color. 

September 10 2018 4:04 PM

Billie Jean King called out Nadal, who argued against equal pay for women based on his factually incorrect ideas about which gender draws more viewers. 

June 13 2018 8:10 PM

The Advocate's feminism editor, Tracy E. Gilchrist, honors Billie Jean King's contributions to women's empowerment and LGBT visibility.

February 26 2018 3:42 PM

Veteran sportscaster Mary Carillo spent days with Court at her ministry in Australia, where she feeds the homeless and espouses the idea that homosexuality can be cured. 

January 30 2018 10:13 PM

Court, who has a history of making virulent anti-LGBT statements, tries to prove she doesn't hate gay people by mentioning she uses a gay florist at her church. 

January 22 2018 3:28 PM

Barry Court defended his wife, anti-LGBT tennis champ Margaret Court, when King called for a name change to Margaret Court Arena. 

January 16 2018 8:43 PM

Australian tennis champ Court has amped up her hateful anti-LGBT statements since marriage equality passed there late last year.

January 12 2018 2:56 PM