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Title Houston Voice, No. 1173, April 18, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 18, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com APRIL 18, 2003 13 point LESLIE ROBINSON I didn't let on that our tennis team was all-gay. If our opponents knew, would their onlooking husbands express disgust, or suggest a party after the match? Lesbian love on the court AFTER MORE THAN 20 YEARS AWAY from competitive tennis, I was recently convinced to join a team. An all-lesbian team. I thought I'd died and gone to Wimbledon, Actually, what I really like about playing on this team, called the Seattle Tennis Alliance, is that it's fun, not the competitive win- or-commit-ritual- disembowelment stuff I remember from high school. That we're all gay is simply a nice bonus. That we're all gay also injects a note of drama when we face other teams. Take what happened a few days ago during our first match. As my doubles partner, Victoria, and I walked onto the court, one of our opponents asked what the Seattle Tennis Alliance is. Though eight feet apart, Victoria and I exchanged a glance quicker than you can say "grand slam." In doubles when a player chooses not to hit the ball and leaves it for her partner to hit, she yells, "Yours!" Victoria's eyes said, "Yours!" I blurted out something factual but vague for which Victoria would later tease me. I did not mention that those of us on the team all have something in common, and it ain't a special fondness for the crosscourt forehand. In the one fat second I'd been given to decide how to answer, I'd felt a bulge of anxiety in my stomach that seemed to encompass all the possible reactions of the other team. Would they be horrified that they were facing off against dykes? Would they be dumbfounded that packs of us roam about freely like this? Would they be embarrassed to know we're all women- lovers? Would they giggle? Would the news travel from court to court under the guise of picking up balls? Would their onlooking husbands express disgust, or suggest a little party after the match? OF COURSE, IT'S POSSI- ble they would have had no reaction, or a positive one, or that some of them were gay, but tell it to my stomach. Compounding the anxiety was the realization that if I outed Victoria and myself to these two women, I'd be outing our whole team. So in that moment I opted for a jumbo- sized lie of omission. Only later did it dawn on me that telling them we're lesbians might have had advantages. For a start, they might have assumed we were terrific athletes — Martinas, one and all. We lost the match. Obviously we could have used a little intimidation. Afterwards we adjourned to a Mexican restaurant for a postmortem and margari- tas. When I told my teammates about my predicament ~- to out or not to out — one player suggested we make out on the court with our doubles partner. Or grab our partner's butt at an opportune time. Like when we're losing. This opens up a raft of possibilities. Just before serving, I might yell to ■ • Victoria at the net, "Sweetheart, let's have a baby!" Ace! Or when the other team is lining up to serve, she could turn to me and bellow, "How could you hurt me like that? How could you sleep with Susan? Look at her over on court 3, pretending you two didn't do the nasty last night! I don't care if she is on our team, I want her to lose! And you better keep your head low. No telling where I might hit this return of serve!" The wide-eyed stares from across the net would be worth it all by themselves, never mind that the opponent's serve would wind up in the Puget Sound. After we left the restaurant, I realized we hadn't come to a group decision on what to say the next time any of us is asked about our team. This will not do. It's all my body can handle to be playing tennis again after so many years. I decline to put it through these other contortions as well. Leslie Robinson is a Seattle-based freelance writer and can be reached online at www.GeneratGayety.com. PykeS TfrW_l_c.il Out for tyAl^BecJata LOOK AT THIS. BUSH HAS CREATED SUCH A DIVERSION IN JRAQ, NOBODY NOTICES THE DOMESTIC SITUATION. HE'S USING HIS TAX CUTS .AND HIS VW? TAP TO STARVE THE GctVERNMENT. HE'S RE-INSTITUTING F&UDAIJSW HELLO? WHAT ABOUT YOVR DOMESTIC SITUATIOW? YOUR LO VER'S HAVING SURGERY MEXT WEEK? .V A O/D PLAYER. XF I'M GONNA BE LYING .WOUND HERE IN A CHEMarHERAF"Y HAZE, AT LEAST I CAN WATCH THE DIRECTOR'S CUT OT "UNCLE BUCK" wwv/.*DyisesToVa(c __C_u_or.c°n_i
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