Friday, March 13, 2009

Today in Gay History

March 13, 1994
Martina Navratilova and Judy Nelson
settle their galamony suit

Navratilova is one of the most successful professional tennis players of all time.

In her autobiography, Being Myself, Navratilova disclosed that she had romantic crushes on teachers of both sexes and, later, felt strongly attracted to other female tennis players.

In 1981, shortly after being granted U.S. citizenship, Navratilova came out publicly about her sexual orientation. During the early 1980s, she was involved with author Rita-Mae Brown. From 1984 to 1991, Navratilova had a long-term relationship with partner Judy Nelson. Their split in 1991 included a much-publicized legal wrangle which finally reached legal settlement on March 13, 1994.

Navratilova is instrumental in various charities that benefit animal rights, underprivileged children, and gay rights. She filed a lawsuit against a 1992 ballot proposition in Colorado designed to deny gays and lesbians legal protection from discrimination. In the same year, she spoke before the National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights.


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