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Anna Wintour: Remove Homophobe Margaret Court's Name From Arena


The Vogue editor is the latest to demand that the anti-LGBTQ tennis champion's name be scrubbed from the Australian arena.

Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour has called for homophobe Margaret Court's name to come down from a tennis arena.

Wintour delivered the keynote address Thursday at the Australian Open's Inspirational Series in Melbourne and used the opportunity to demand a change in venue name,

"It is inconsistent for the sport for Margaret Court's name to be on a stadium that does so much to bring all people together across their differences," she said, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Court, one of the leading tennis players of her generation, more recently became a prominent opponent of LGBTQ rights, once suggesting marriage equality in Australia would destroy "all major holidays" in the nation.

Her over-the-top rhetoric earned sharp rebukes from much of the tennis world. Last year, out tennis legend Billie Jean King called for Court's name to be stripped from the Australia's Melbourne Park arena.

Now Wintour, long a tennis fan and LGBTQ ally, now joined that call as well.

She also used her speech at the Australian Open to attack Prime Minister Scott Morrison's "backward" views on LGBTQ rights, according to The Guardian.

"I have been alarmed by your prime minister's record on LGBTQ rights, which seems backward in all senses," she said.

She specifically called out proposals to allow discrimination in schools.

"That no one can be expelled from school for their orientation should not require clarification. A government should protect its people, not make it unclear whether they will be accepted."

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