Sheryl Swoopes Comes Out of the Closet, Then Marries a Man

10 Aug

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By JasmineHughes

Six years after three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes came out and announced her relationship with then-girlfriend Alisa Scott, she has announced that she’s engaged, to a man. If you’re confused by this, join the club. After the release of this information, she’s been called everything from “no longer” a lesbian to NSGAA (“not so gay after all”).

The problem with these labels and reactions is that they rely solely on her current relationship status to define her identity. To think or say that a person’s current relationship or status permanently defines their orientation shows a lack of knowledge and understanding.

Some choose to remain free of labels and others may call themselves bi-sexual. Regardless of these variables,  it’s a mistake to pass judgment on Swoopes or anyone similar, just like it’s a mistake to think we can take a snapshot of a person’s role on a court at a given moment and determine their position. Limited thinking has no place on the courts and shouldn’t be tolerated in identity identification. I say congratulations to them both and wish them all the best.

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8 Responses to “Sheryl Swoopes Comes Out of the Closet, Then Marries a Man”

  1. beverly750y August 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    I see this as being somewhat confused, she doesn’t know what she like when it comes to choosing a partner, maybe she is attracted to both (men and women) as most defined as bisexual. What gender she may settle down with I wish her happiness because she is the one that must decide who makes her happy. I watched a movie on Lifetime Network, several years ago about this marry woman, that was not happy in her marriage, she decided to seek employment, and she was hired by a Lesbian that owned a Realty Company, she feel in love with this woman, and when she told her soon to be ex-husband he was not pleased with it, the husband asked the wife, have you always had these feelings towards women and she said no. I guess what every one want is to find someone that can make them fill complete and this is where being happy plays the major role.

    If I knew a man had been involved prior with a man, before our meeting, I would not want to get involved with him. He may still have those desire. I would just stay clear. This is how I feel, what works for one person, may not work for another. It’s a matter of choice.

  2. cleo jones August 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Who are you little miss Rutgers graduate to suggest that I should not judge her? Are you apart of the LBGT community? This is just a little article for you to get some publicity on. Let me school you real quick!

    When Sheryl came out as a Lesbian she was became a role model in the LBGT community. We embraced her, Loved her and was inspired by her. She made lots of appeareances with her girlfriend in LBGT circles and was honored by many organizations. To find out she has jumped the fence is almost like an act of betrayal but then people in the community has seen this before. I don’t know why people want to pretend to be gay when they know in their hearts they are not gay. Most switchhitters know this from jump street but choose not to listen to their hearts and hurt people. Then we have silly folks like you that come and tell us not to judge? Get real! I don’t need to walk a mile in her shoes to know that she is hurting alot of people that looked up to her.

    • Faith D. April 4, 2012 at 1:33 am #

      Well, it’s not right to judge her because it’s not anyone’s job to judge her. People do confusing things that hurt others, it’s life. Sheryl Swoopes can do what she does because it is Sheryl Swoopes life and just because she’s supposed to be marrying some dude doesn’t mean she doesn’t still take a stand for the LBGT community.

  3. T. Anne February 17, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    No different than women going their whole lives genuinely being attracted to men, and then all of a sudden fall head over heels for a woman. Orientation is so fluid, that at some point this is bound to happen for lots. Nobody knows Sheryl personally, so who are they to say that she’s putting up a front and betraying the gay community. If they are a couple who are truly in love, then just be happy regardless of gender.


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