Liberty kisses

Besides biting the hand that feeds you, it's just plain wrong!

Madison Square Garden and the New York W.N.B.A. team, Liberty, continues to ignore, if not just plain snub, lesbian fans of women's basketball.

[One lesbian fan, Robyn Overstreet,] says Liberty and Garden management suppresses the presence of gay fans at games. Overstreet alleges that cameramen from the MSG network, which broadcasts many Liberty games, have told lesbian fans that they are forbidden to film lesbian couples showing public displays of affection.
Not all W.N.B.A. teams operate this way however.
The Los Angeles Sparks have signed a deal with Girl Bar, a popular social club. The Seattle Storm and the Sacramento Monarchs each had a Gay Pride event this year. The Washington team works with the Human Rights Campaign, a gay political organization, and other teams offer discounts for gay groups.
But in New York we are still shy about sex, right?
Some heterosexuals remain sorely uncomfortable with public displays of affection by homosexuals. Gays are often the victims of a double standard. Would anybody care if a banner was raised that read "Latinos for Liberty"? Probably not.

Some of the arguments against what the protesters did are just silly, such as how children who attend Liberty games and see lesbians will be traumatized or want to be become gay.

What would affect children more? Going to a Liberty game where fans are amicable or a Jets game where kids are exposed to violent, drunken brawls in the stands between male fans and the kind of language that would make Martin Lawrence blush?

Besides, while watching the Atlanta Braves in the playoffs in the 1990's, I saw Ted Turner and Jane Fonda kiss each other while they were sitting in the stands.

Now that is something no one wants to see.

Activists are planning a protest outside the Garden on Sunday, the last day of the regular season.

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Published on August 11, 2002 4:12 PM.

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