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Title Houston Voice, No. 1225, April 23, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 23, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • 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.houstonvoice.com APRIL 23, 2004 19 ^ITtS GREG SMILEY W W\ After years of being out to her family, W friends and colleagues, professional golfer ^___\_Wr ^^ Rosie Jones comes out to the world. Pets To Love a non-profit center Professional golfer Rosie Jones came out in March after entering a sponsorship agreement with Olivia, a company that provides travel services for gays. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/AP) Rosie comes out swinging LAST MONTH, DURING THE KRAFT Nabisco Championship. March 22-28. Rosie Jones teed ofT sporting the logo of a new sponsor, Olivia, a travel company catering to lesbians. With her announcement in a news piece she wrote, and the New York Times published on March 21 about the sponsorship, the 44-year-old Jones, a 13-time winner on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour, publicly came out of the closet. Jones has been out to her family and friends for 25 years, even before she began playing on the pro tour in 1982. Most, if not all, of her colleagues on the tour knew of her sexual orientation. But it was not something she discussed publicly "I've been on tour for 25 years, and in fact, there's a wide group of lesbians on tour, but they don't wear it," she says. "In fact, on tour you don't always know it. "You see people at parties and question things, but it's not a close-knit group of people," she adds. "People just don't go around and go, 'Is she? Is she? Is she?'" CYNICS MIGHT SAY JONES' admission is hardly courageous, given that she is in the latter years of her career, is financially stable and, in fact, has timed this admission to an endorsement deal that will pay her significant amounts of cash. But it was a brave move, and she brushes such comments aside. "Hey, opportunity fell In my lap. I wasn't ready five or 10 years ago to make it public. I don't think my tour was ready," Jones says. "When Martina came out, she lost almost every one of her sponsors. That was the way corporate America was thinking. It was scary. It is scary "Ten years ago. they didn't have' & < Jrace,' Rosie O'Donnell, gays on mainstream TV," she adds. "[Today] it's becoming acceptable." Jones says she doesn't really know what attitude mainstream sponsors hold toward openly gay athletes today But she has not been a victim of backlash as a result of coming out. "I still have my contract with Titleist," she says. "I have a new contract with Ecco shoes, with a clothing company. Everybody was fine with it... I wasn't surprised, but I was relieved. Things are just different today" Jones told the Voice she views herself as an athlete more so than a political activist. Whether she acknowledges it or not, however, what she did could be considered political, based on the current climate for gays in the professional sports arena and in general. "My coming out was not to take a political stance," she says. "I'm looked at as someone who is stepping forward in those directions. 1 definitely have my viewpoints or opinions." Regardless of the timing, Jones has done a great service for professional sports and for gay men and lesbians. kna\ she's done it on her own terms, when she was prepared to face the consequences. That is how it should be. "Coming out is a personal thing for everyone — at whatever level you do it," she says. "1 had come out personally years ago, but to open yourself publicly to the world? Most people, they don't walk into a grocery store and get recognized. There's a whole [other] level for professional athletes. They have to be pretty comfortable wilh themselves. Then she adds, "And so what. I'm like a thousand other athletes looking for endorsements. I was probably passed over a couple of times. So why not [enter a sponsorship agreement with Olivia)." It's a brave move that a lot of other golfers and professional sports figures have not yet been able to make. • Professional Grooming • Boarding Facility • Emergency Care • Rescue services • Pet Adoptions • NO KILL Shelter Please consider making a tax-deductible donation or volunteering your time to allow Pets to Love to continue providing rescue services and the NO KILL facilities for abandoned animals. Pets to Love • 713-726-1124 11022 South Post Oak Rd. Houston, TX 77035 RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Investigational Vaccine to Prevent HIV in Patients with Hepatitis C Please call us to find out about investigational treatment at no cost to you. Eligible participants will be compensated for travel. Center for Clinical Studies 713.528.8818 | Medical Center 281.333.2288 | Clear Lake SCHMERLER AGENCY Great Car Insurance! 713.661.7700 For Auto, Home, Renters life. Health, Business Insurance and much more. 6575 W. Loop South, Ste. IBS Beliaire, TX 77401 MM' Schmerler.Ageruy.com
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