Press Room

October 25, 2005

Category: In Communities of Color

Sheryl Swoopes Opens Doors with Honesty and Courage

'Sheryl Swoopes is a real hero on and off the court,' said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

- Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese made the following statement as three-time WNBA MVP player and Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes came out today in an interview with ESPN'sThe Magazine.

"Sheryl Swoopes is a real hero on and off the court. Being open and honest about your life is an act of bravery. This MVP player and Olympic gold medalist is helping to start real conversations about openness, honesty and authenticity. We commend her for this brave step that will mean so much to her gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight supportive fans and peers."

In an interview with The Magazine, Swoopes said, "Some people might say my coming out after just winning the MVP award is heroic, and I understand that. And I know there are going to be some negative things said, too. But it doesn't change who I am. I can't help who I fall in love with. No one can."

Read the Human Rights Campaign's Resource Guide to Coming Out for African-Americans.

View the Human Rights Campaign's guide to conversations about GLBT issues.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.