Billie Jean King has congratulated the primary black, brazenly homosexual tennis participant Lendale Johnson after he was named an Athlete Ally Professional Ambassador. Lendale’s fame is rising every day and now he’s slated to star within the upcoming Amazon Prime season Deuces and Love the place he’ll interview celebrities and provides the general public a glance inside his fabulous life. For a lot of; nonetheless, this multi-hyphenate is thought greatest for his past love — tennis!
Although Lendale is extremely revered for his bravery and outspokenness relating to his sexuality and doesn’t conceal who he’s, that doesn’t imply it has been simple for him.
Lendale grew up in a non secular family and acquired the message that many LGBTQ+ kids obtain — there’s something incorrect or unhealthy about them. Evidently, Lendale wasn’t outspoken as a baby or center schooler about who he was and when he did get the braveness to talk to his shut household about it, he didn’t get the reception he had hoped for.
It wasn’t till he was enjoying tennis in highschool, that one thing transpired giving him braveness. Lendale described the occasion as follows.
I bear in mind the captain of my highschool tennis staff was blunt and someday throughout follow or a match (I can’t recall) he was like, ‘Lenny we all know you’re homosexual and we don’t care. Simply kill it on courtroom.’ I vaguely bear in mind laughing and went about no matter I used to be doing in that second. I got here out to myself in highschool and slowly to shut friendships however I wasn’t outspoken about it.
Not everybody has been as accepting as Lendale’s highschool coach and he has confronted many challenges. Not solely is he a homosexual man, however he’s additionally a homosexual, black man and tennis has predominantly been the game of lily-white, nation golf equipment and the courtroom has routinely been accused of being host to racist practices.
MaliVai Washington, Venus, and Serena Williams are just some who’ve skilled racism on the tennis courtroom, and within the case of Venus and Serena, their father Richard Williams has been vocal concerning the challenge. So too, is Lendale Johnson.
Billie Jean King shared the next message of congratulations to Lendale Johnson for being named an Athlete Ally Professional Ambassador.
Lendale not solely lives his reality however he encourages different LGBTQ+ athletes to come back out of the closet and embrace their genuine selves on and off the courtroom. He acknowledged the next.
On the finish of the day skilled tennis is a enterprise, I don’t wish to contradict myself but when gamers are scared to come back out finally they’re risking profitable sponsorship and endorsement alternatives and most significantly not likely dwelling. I say encompass your self with a assist group you’ll be able to belief, chew the bullet and are available out. You’ll have the ability to lastly stay a happier life and undoubtedly spark a renewed confidence, drive, ardour, and motivation in your recreation to win such as you’ve by no means received earlier than.
Congratulations to Lendale Johnson for turning into an Athlete Ally Professional Ambassador!
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