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WNBA Star Angel McCoughtry Talks LGBTQ Discrimination in Sports

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Over the weekend WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Angel McCoughtry posted a message to her fans and friends via Instagram, announcing that she was in a happy relationship with a woman, her fianceé, the actress Brande Elise.

In her post, she highlighted some of the challenges she’s faced while being a lesbian athlete. McCoughtry, a forward for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream since 2009, had also played in the off-season for Istanbul’s Fenerbahce team from 2011 until February of this year. When she left the team, she cited contractual violations.

Yes we been discriminated against! We lost friends ! Family members are upset! They said i disgraced my religion! One thing I do know is that LOVE is a great feeling! My last overseas team threatened my job if I didn’t write a fake letter on social media saying my relationship was a lie. But all I know,Love is a great feeling! I understand we all judge and its in human nature, but the more I speak to God I never feel judgement from the man upstairs even tho he has all power too! He tells me to fall, learn,and grow because thats life. But to always keep my heart pure and believe totally in him. All i know love is a great feeling and GOD is Love.”

We’re glad that more and more LGBTQ identified women are choosing to come out and live in their truth.

It’s also nice to see the WNBA embracing their gay players and becoming more interactive with the lesbian community.


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