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Laurel Richie Says Fans, Sponsors Have Been Supportive Of "WNBA Pride" Campaign
Published June 23, 2014
READY OR NOT: Voepel noted fans for the most part see the "WNBA Pride" campaign "as a positive step toward recognizing this segment of WNBA supporters, many of whom have felt marginalized or ignored in the nearly two decades since the league has been in business." The league "seems ready to wholeheartedly embrace its LGBT fans." But Richie said that each individual franchise "will manage how it participates." LGBT fans of the Stars said that they "don't feel the franchise has truly reached a comfort level in openly acknowledging them." Stars C Jayne Appel is an ambassador for a group called Athlete Ally, which "encourages straight athletes to 'take a stand against homophobia and transphobia in sports.'" One concern raised at a recent Athlete Ally gathering was the "Kiss Cam" at Stars games. A fan was upset that the Kiss Cam "focused in on two men who are part of the Stars' staff that entertains fans during timeouts." They reacted "in mock horror, suggesting the idea of two men kissing was inherently odd and comedic" (ESPNW.com, 6/20).