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WNBA Player Sophia Young Speaks Out Against Gay Marriage, San Antonio LGBT Protections


Sophia Young, a star player with the WNBA's Silver Stars of San Antonio, was one of the hundreds who prayed against an LGBT anti-discrimination bill at San Antonio City Hall yesterday.

She posted a photo of herself on Twitter yesterday holding up a placard reading "Vote No". Given what she tweeted, however, she seemed to think that the anti-discrimination bill, to be voted on by the San Antonio City Council in early September, would also somehow legalize same-sex marriage.

Tweeted Young: "My vote is still No... San Antonio should not allows Same sex marriages."

It was her second tweet in a day about the issue. The first read, "Should San Antonio be a city that allows same sex marriage?? I vote NO."

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  1. Not long ago that very sign was held against her kind.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 29, 2013 11:33:58 AM

  2. Maybe she needs a history lesson...

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Aug 29, 2013 11:34:56 AM

  3. Nothing like being a well informed voter. Good Grief!

    Posted by: Taylor | Aug 29, 2013 11:37:08 AM

  4. we should also bring back slavery, since the bible is alright with that.

    (I don't think we should, just pointing out that if you use the bible for your anti-gay logic...then you have no logic.)

    Posted by: jaja | Aug 29, 2013 11:38:43 AM

  5. Her smile tells me she's proud to be a BIGOT.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Aug 29, 2013 11:41:21 AM

  6. the irony of DUMB black bigots!

    Posted by: d | Aug 29, 2013 11:42:00 AM

  7. My feeling exactly JAJA - why is it that some just want to have some else to discriminate against... she definitely needs a history lesson.. and remember... glass houses hon...

    tolerance is a two way street... wasn't so long ago when you wouldn't have been able to vote, or play basketball.. more history you must have slept thru - or been discriminated from attending.

    Posted by: NYC | Aug 29, 2013 11:43:23 AM

  8. No white water fountains for her; let's vote on it!!

    Posted by: Darren in atl | Aug 29, 2013 11:45:11 AM

  9. Ugh... like Russia, this isn't about human rights, it's about distraction... keep the masses looking at the shiny object while you screw them out of everything else. "Gays are horrible, because the bible tells us so"... but of course, these same people eat shellfish, wear clothes made from multiple fibers, get divorced, the list goes on and on... Thank goodness they are now in the minority!

    Posted by: Gerry | Aug 29, 2013 11:50:17 AM

  10. DUMB! Such a dumb, dumb woman... I'm embarrassed for her.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | Aug 29, 2013 11:52:08 AM

  11. Wow, she must really hate the majority (I'm just guessing here) of WNBA fans. It's alright to go to the games and support the teams, but otherwise you don't deserve basic rights.

    Posted by: Ernest1960 | Aug 29, 2013 11:54:57 AM

  12. Ok.... no one has touched on the OBVIOUS... She plays women's basketball! Going to be tension in the locker room because something tells me her teammates might take this a little personal

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Aug 29, 2013 11:55:49 AM

  13. She's going to get a world of hate from WNBA fans and players.

    Posted by: Tobias | Aug 29, 2013 11:58:56 AM

  14. A WNBA player speaking out against marriage equality is like male hairdresser quoting the 700 club.

    Posted by: Jon Acadia | Aug 29, 2013 12:00:14 PM

  15. "her kind", "black bigot", "black slavery"?

    Why are these kind of statements so prominent in the comments section of this blog?

    Posted by: Gyawu | Aug 29, 2013 12:00:19 PM

  16. She should go play a few games in Russia. See how she'd like it when they make monkey noises and throw bananas at her.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 29, 2013 12:06:08 PM

  17. Considering the majority of comments above, you people or no different than her.

    Do some of you realize that if they was to reinstate slavery, GAY black people would also be put in slavery. Do some of you care that black gay men read this blog as well and when some of you make comments like that, its hurtful.

    My God, a lot of you want tolerance and acceptance, but don't won't to return it.

    Posted by: Cajiva | Aug 29, 2013 12:06:56 PM

  18. This is infuriating, but the gay community always reacts in the worst ways.

    Our first reaction should be to celebrate the rapidly shrinking disparities in racial minority acceptance of LGBT people. In some cases, they might even be non-existent (e.g., trans people of color are more likely to be accepted by their families than white trans folks).

    Our second reaction should be to think about why this person might have this backward position: could she just be a hateful bigot? Sure. But maybe her family was poor, or suffered discrimination (or both), and used religion as a buoy, or an organizing tool to fight off oppression. Maybe these things conspired to limit her exposure to more diverse experiences. Maybe she did not receive the education that would allow her to make the connections between the struggles of racial minorities and LGBT Americans, both of which are far from over and very interlinked. Maybe the oppression of racial minorities and women in this country made her cling to a rigid, unyielding sense of gender that clouds her view of what is acceptable, moral behavior for men and women. And maybe it's none of these things, but we shouldn't just assume it's the first, and excoriate her for it.

    Finally, we should educate her. Granted, most of us will never meet her or have inroads to do so, but when we meet someone else who belongs to a group that has been oppressed, and/or continues to be oppressed, we should resist the impulse to co-opt the struggles that their people have gone through. We don't need to rub anyone's nose in the injustices they have endured, and shame is not a great teacher. We don't even know that her activism stems from a Christian belief, so why are people referencing Biblical exhortations to own slaves? This is not productive. Also, she seems to be concerned about marriage, which I would say is very different from the right to vote (which we all have, and if you're like me and you're white, you probably enjoy that right to a greater extent than most racial minorities in this country) and the right to not be enslaved (which we all enjoy). Granted, her actual activism is in opposition to a law banning discrimination, which is very serious and a notable disparity between the LGBT community and racial minority communities, but the fact that she has the two confused indicates that she is in need of education, and information. We need to tell her and people like her that we do not deserve mistreatment, that we are equal, that we - like nearly every other group: from women, to racial minorities, to religious minorities, etc. - are hard workers, and should have the same exact opportunities that she and others may enjoy.

    This idea is apposite this week more than ever: Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't inspire a nation by shaming the Irish, and white women, or Jews and Southern Europeans into giving black people rights because they were hypocrites, who had only recently entered into mainstream society themselves. He inspired them by appealing to ideals, and empathy, and our shared lot in this world as a society and a nation. So too would the LGBT community be wise to proceed.

    Posted by: CDA | Aug 29, 2013 12:07:15 PM

  19. *are no different* sorry for typo

    Posted by: Cajiva | Aug 29, 2013 12:07:59 PM

  20. Note: She went to Baylor, the same school that urged Brittney Griner to stay in the closet. (And Young is currently injured, giving her more time to spread her stupid bigotry, but I'd bet money that her teammate, Danielle Adams, is a lesbian.)

    Posted by: chris | Aug 29, 2013 12:08:03 PM

  21. Hi, CDA? Shut it. Three huge scolding paragraphs telling "the gay community" what to do? Have an opinion, mate, but then get off the cross. We ALL have something we think is right.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Aug 29, 2013 12:11:10 PM

  22. @GYAWU - Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. There are plenty of ignorant and selfish people in all minorities... we've got the Log Cabin Republicans and GoProud - who btw, I find particularly abhorrent since they are willing to sacrifice the human dignity and rights for all gay people for a perceived tax advantage. I find it amazing that hate is such a motivation to bring out all these people protesting against equal rights. It would be interesting to see exactly how many of them actual live in San Antonio or we're paid to be there.

    Posted by: Gerry | Aug 29, 2013 12:14:16 PM

  23. @CDA...this is the best and most prolific comment that I have read on Towleroad recently. Thank you for putting this into context!

    Posted by: THurts | Aug 29, 2013 12:14:18 PM

  24. I see Young's Baylor (Baptist) University education did her no favor helping her understand the cause of equal rights in this country.

    I guess Ms. Young just assumes African-Americans were always born free here; that yesterday's 50th anniversary of MLK's March on Washington celebrated her ancestors full-acceptance by American society since their first arrival in the US as "free citizens".

    It used to be said that "a mind is a terrible thing to waste". Ms. Young is an example of educational waste.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Aug 29, 2013 12:23:29 PM

  25. No less than 3 of her teammates are gay. Danielle Robinson, Danielle Adams, and Becky Hammon are as gay as it gets and another player, Jayne Appel, is an outspoken straight ally. It's prolly a fair estimate to say the half the league is gay and many more than that are allies. She is gonna have a rough time of it when she comes back from her knee injury.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 29, 2013 12:28:14 PM

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