Thursday, June 01, 2017

QUEER QUOTE: Navratilova Calls Court "Racist" & "Homophobe"

18-time major champion Martina Navratilova is calling out 22-major champion Margaret Court for her rampant homophobia and arguably racist beliefs by writing an open letter calling for a renaming of 'Margaret Court Arena" at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Last week, the 74-year-old Court announced that she was going to boycott Qantas, her country's national airline, because the company had endorsed marriage equality, which is still not the law of the land in Australia, although a heated public policy debate  about the issue has been ongoing for years.

This excerpt from Navratilova's letter is today's Queer Quote:
It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe. Her vitriol is not just an opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too). She is demonising trans kids and trans adults everywhere. 
And now, linking LGBT to Nazis, communists, the devil? This is not OK. This is in fact sick and it is dangerous. Kids will suffer more because of this continuous bashing and stigmatising of our LGBT community.
Interestingly, the debate over Margaret Court's comments is prompting tennis players to publicly declare where they stand on LGBT equality. ATP World #1 Andy Murray made this remark at the French open this week:
"I don't see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married. If it's two men, two women, that's great. I don't see why it should matter. It's not anyone else's business."
Now that's a winner, Andy!

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