Dr. Becki Ross’ Op-Ed on the hidden history of queer women in sports published in The Conversation

GRSJ Professor Dr. Becki Ross’ Op-Ed Revealing the long but hidden history of queer women in sport hasa been published in The Conversation. The op-ed discusses the long-hidden histories of queer women, sport, and pernicious legacies of racism.

There are some tales of brave souls who scaled cis-sexist and heteronormative barriers to come out in sporting worlds: Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Amélie Mauresmo in tennis; Patty Sheehan, Rosie Jones and Alena Sharp in golf; Sheryl Swoopes, Sue Bird and Brittney Griner in basketball; and Abby Wambach, Erin McLeod, and Megan Rapinoe in soccer. Some of these women, like Swoopes and Griner, also dealt with racist barriers.