Martina Navratilova explains limiting her comments on the LGBT community amid constant attacks despite being their advocate for decades
Martina Navratilova reveals how she dealt with people insulting her for being gay.
Martina Navratilova (Via Advocate.com)
Former tennis player Martina Navratilova has been a star on and off the court. She has been standing up for the rights of women and even voicing her opinions on public matters. She always has a view regarding the LGBT community and has never hesitated to share her thoughts.
However, recently, the former World No. 1 revealed her reasons for limiting her comments on the LGBT community. Ever since the 67-year-old has been opposing LGBTQ rights, she has been on the receiving end of the fans’ comments who are disappointed in her. This led to her limiting her comments.
Thread. And because of the toxicity I am (for about 3 weeks now) not reading the replies anymore- but have at it and please discuss.Said Martina Navratilova on X
Fans believe that Navratilova has shifted her motive. They believe that Navratilova, who was once supportive of gender equality, is now strongly against the community. This has led the fans to troll her and spread toxicity. Now, the former Wimbledon champion stands up for women, even if it means speaking against the LGBTQ community.
Martina Navratilova reveals how her coming out as a lesbian affected her
Navratilova was one of the most dominant players back in the 1980s and received a lot of brand deals due to her tennis. However, since she came out in 1981, the brand deals stopped, and the former World No. 1 had to lose a lot of money.
Nobody said no, but nobody said yes either. I can't say how much money I lost by being out, but it's in millions, there's no doubt about that.Said Navratilova on the podcast
She received many deals from other places, like Japan, but America refused to provide any advertisements other than rackets, shoes, and clothing. This affected the player’s stature, and her bank account took a massive hit.
Now, the world has evolved to accept all kinds of people, and they do not have to go through such struggles anymore. Unfortunately, with the inclusion of all other genders, it is becoming difficult for the sporting industry to host different tournaments for different genders, and this problem will always continue until a proper solution is found.
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