Out tennis champ Martina Navratilova on athletes coming out

Martina Navratilova

Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, has been out publicly since 1981. (Photo: Getty)


Tennis champion Martina Navratilova, a pro athlete who has been out for many years, penned a piece for “Sports Illustrated”¬†today on what Jason Collins’ coming out means for the future of LGBT athletes in sports. Navratilova points out that a change in attitude has been helped along by the vocal support of straight, high-profile allies and projects like the¬†You Can Play initiative, which ensures “equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.”

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