Martina Navratilova

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WTA (Retired)

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“Now that Jason Collins has come out, he is the proverbial “game-changer.” One of the last bastions of homophobia has been challenged. How many LGBT kids, once closeted, are now more likely to pursue a team sport and won’t be scared away by a straight culture?”

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Dec 10, 2013

Gay Athletes Jason Collins, Martina Navratilova Urge Olympic Support At The UN

Ex-NBA player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova urged the International Olympic Committee to do more to support gay athletes at a special event for International Human Rights Day.

The two openly gay athletes appeared at the United Nations on Tuesday, along with human rights activists.

This year’s events and comments are largely focused on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where a law passed this summer banning homosexual “propaganda” has drawn international condemnation.

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Dec 11, 2013

Sochi 2014: Martina Navratilova unhappy at IOC gay stance

February’s Winter Olympics take place in Russia, where a law banning ‘gay propaganda’ was passed this year.

“The IOC needs to stand up better for their athletes,” said Navratilova.

Meanwhile, the IOC has warned Olympians against making political gestures in Sochi but plans to set up protest zones for them to “express their views”.

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Apr 30, 2013

A reluctant trailblazer, Navratilova laid groundwork for Collins

A few weeks ago — as it became apparent that the notion of an active male athlete in a U.S. team sport removing himself from the closet was a question not of “if” but of “when” — I called Martina Navratilova at her home in Miami. Might she have interest in writing a column about what this cultural shift represented? Might she want to share some thoughts and impressions? She did. Of course, she did.

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