WNBA has been in and out of controversy regarding lesbian issues ever since its commencement in 1997. Initially, the WNBA committee was more inclined to make it in the court with a marketing strategy targeting the families. “Dads, bring your daughters!”
But as of recently, they have been openly and directly targeting the LGBTQ group. This step has hence been described as being both bold and late.
Their nationally televised pride games have been widely supported and taken to be a bold marketing technique in today’s century. But fans also argued that it could have taken a more radical and proactive step to encourage LGBTQ issues rather than be reactive to the demands.
WNBA stars have been setting trends of encouraging people to accept their sexuality openly. And these “proud and out” stars have been a role model for youngsters and adults all over.
Top 5 WNBA lesbian players can be listed as:
Considered the pioneer in WNBA history in coming out, Wicks proclaimed her sexuality in the early 2000s when it was almost a taboo. Her courage was regarded inspirational like her performance in court.
Dubbed to be the Michael Jordan of women’s basketball, Swoops came out as a lesbian in 2005. Initially married to a man, it was only during the October of 2005 that she finally revealed her sexuality along with her lesbian relation with reported girlfriend Alisa Scott
Her bold announcement with Sports illustrated.com on April 17, 2013, and her annulled same-sex marriage with WNBA compatriot Glory Johnson was a much-hyped topic in the industry. Though not a success in the marital relationship, she is an inspiration on and off courts.
Johnson was engaged to one of the WNBA’s most popular player- Brittney Griner. They made the headlines becoming the first out couple in league history. Though they annulled their relationship, her fiery game has only been improving.
McCarville appeared in Curve Magazine in 2011 and openly and proudly called herself a lesbian. But according to her, she had always been open in her career about her identity because she never felt the need to hide it from anyone.