Sheryl Swoopes Is A Lesbian - But Wasn't Born That Way

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    Good New / Bad News For The Pro-Lesbian Groups

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    NEW YORK — Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes is opening up about being a lesbian, telling a magazine that she's "tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about."

    Swoopes, honored last month as the WNBA's Most Valuable Player, told ESPN The Magazine for a story on newsstands Wednesday that she didn't always know she was gay and fears that coming out could jeopardize her status as a role model.

    "Do I think I was born this way? No," Swoopes said. "And that's probably confusing to some, because I know a lot of people believe that you are."

    Swoopes, who was married and has an 8-year-old son, said her 1999 divorce "wasn't because I'm gay."

    She said her reason for coming out now is merely because she wants to be honest.

    "It's not something that I want to throw in people's faces. I'm just at a point in my life where I'm tired of having to pretend to be somebody I'm not," the 34-year-old Swoopes said. "I'm tired of having to hide my feelings about the person I care about. About the person I love."

    A release from ESPN The Magazine about the story did not disclose the identity of Swoopes' partner.

    A five-time All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Swoopes is the WNBA's only three-time MVP. She played for the Comets during their run of four championships from 1997-2000, but missed the 2001 season with a knee injury.

    She said her biggest worry about her revelation is that people will be afraid to look up to her.

    "I don't want that to happen," she said. "Being gay has nothing to do with the three gold medals or the three MVPs or the four championships I've won. I'm still the same person. I'm Sheryl."

    Swoopes led the WNBA in scoring last year, averaging 18.6 points. She also averaged 4.3 assists and 2.65 steals while making 85 percent of her free throws and playing a league-high 37.1 minutes a game.

    She said it "irritates" her that no one talks about gays playing in men's sports, but that it's become an issue in the WNBA.

    "Sexuality and gender don't change anyone's performance on the court," she said. "Women play just as hard as guys do. We're just as competitive."

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173498,00.html
     
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    Did I mention I'm sweet? Because if I didn't, I'd just like to congratulate myself a little more...
     
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    Little extra self-promotion for any new endorsement deals perhaps?

    Nahhhh...you don't think she would use her "coming-out" as a marketing tool?
     
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    Never... the WNBA is a marketing juggernaut...
     
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    That didn't do Ellen Degeneres much good, did it?
     
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    Are you kidding? She's got her own TV show... and tons of endorsements. Did I miss the sarcasm button?
     
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    Before she came out she was far more successful. She had a hit show on TV that rose very temporarily when she came out then was cancelled because of low ratings. Her current TV show has low ratings and is certainly not on Prime Time. Her endorsements do not pay nearly as much as they used to for her time. She lost alot of money when she outted herself.
     
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    Quite the contrary.

    She hit it big time after she came out.

    I won't type it all..but check:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_DeGeneres

    If "who I am" is such a personal thing, why do so many people use it to further their career?
     
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    I, and apparently others, disagree.
     
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    From : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_DeGeneres

    DeGeneres lent her voice to the role of "Dory," a fish with short-term memory loss, in the summer 2003 hit animated Pixar film Finding Nemo. The movie returned DeGeneres to the limelight, with critics giving her rave reviews. Many speculate that DeGeneres would have been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar if not for the Academy voters' seemingly suspicious attitudes towards non-live action performance work.

    In September of 2003, DeGeneres launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Amid a crop of several talk shows surfacing in 2003 and hosted by high-profile celebrities (including Sharon Osbourne and Rita Rudner), DeGeneres' show has consistently risen in the Nielsen Ratings and received widespread critical praise. DeGeneres' show was nominated for eleven Daytime Emmy Awards its freshman season, winning four, including Best Talk Show.

    Since November 2004, DeGeneres has appeared, dancing, in a new ad campaign for American Express. Since May 2005, she's been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

    Ellen also stars in an attraction at Walt Disney World's Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. She plays opposite Bill Nye (the science guy) and Jamie Lee Curtis in the Universe of Energy pavilion. In 1996, the ride was renamed as "Ellen's Energy Adventure."

    In August 2005, Ellen was selected once again as host of the 2005 Emmy ceremony, which was held on September 18, 2005.
    (The awards show came three weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, making it the second time Ellen hosted the Emmys following a national tragedy. Because Ellen is from New Orleans, the tragedy literally hit close to home.) When she announced that she'd be again hosting the Emmys, she joked, "You know me, any excuse to put on a dress." She also hosted the Grammy Awards in 1996 and in 1997.

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    Not too bad if you ask me.
     

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