Seimone Augustus becomes vocal proponent of equal rights for gays | WNBA
Minnesota Lynx standout Seimone Augustus is becoming a vocal proponent of equal rights for gays.
Augustus speaks out against
Minn. marriage amendment
Seimone Augustus has preferred to stay out of the public eye, even as her career has taken her to the heights of an Olympic gold medal and a WNBA championship.
But with her adopted home state of Minnesota considering a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, the Lynx standout is becoming a vocal proponent of equal rights for gays.
Augustus has her own wedding coming up, to longtime girlfriend LaTaya Varner.
"I felt like it was the perfect time for me, being on a platform where I can make a change with my voice and my situation," Augustus said. "Maybe inspire someone else to come out and be comfortable with themselves. Or maybe someone else's parents will see my parents saying that it's OK to be with your child and love your child unconditionally, regardless of your sexual preference."
Augustus came out to supportive parents when she was in high school and has not hidden the fact she is a lesbian. But it wasn't until she proposed to Varner that she started feeling comfortable with the idea of taking things public.
Minnesota law makes gay marriage illegal but Varner said she expects it will eventually be legal there, and a "No" vote victory in November would be a sign times are changing.
Augustus said she never felt concerned about how teammates and coaches would react to her being gay, but acknowledged that would not be the case for a male athlete doing the same thing.
"For the most part, to be honest, everyone thinks that the WNBA is one big lesbo-party anyway," Augustus said. "So the coming-out process isn't as tough for us because people are already expecting it."
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