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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.

If Australians voting "yes" to marriage didn't upset Court enough, Martina Navratilova dragged her on Twitter about the upcoming holidays.

November 16 2017 8:43 PM

Audiences gave love to the film starring Emma Stone as lesbian tennis star Billie Jean King.

September 25 2017 4:13 PM

The tennis legend put her reputation on the line for women's equality, but she's always been an intersectional force. 

September 22 2017 12:02 PM

The American tennis champion proposed a unique response to the Australian player's anti-LGBT diatribe.

June 06 2017 5:43 PM

Tennis legend Billie Jean King says it's time for the IOC to consider potential host countries' laws when selecting the next location of the games.

2:01 PM

After the death of her mother, King will participate in the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games.

February 14 2014 6:52 PM
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