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Billie Jean King Talks Sochi on 'Meet the Press': VIDEO

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Billie Jean King spoke with Harry Smith on Meet the Press about her upcoming trip in the official U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympic Games. She admits she's a bit nervous about security but doesn't think about it too much, she's just excited to be able to represent the U.S. as an openly gay athlete.

She also says she thinks there will be an openly gay president one day.

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Stephen Colbert Grills Billie Jean King on Russia, Gay Propaganda, and the Olympics: VIDEO

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Out lesbian tennis legend Billie Jean King returned to The Colbert Report to talk about her trip to the Sochi Games as an official member of the U.S. delegation.

King said she isn't planning a protest "but if the media asks me a question, I'm gonna answer it!"

When Colbert warns her that it could land her in jail, King responds:

"Well I'll take that chance."

They also discuss Obama's decision to stay back, whether being gay is a choice, and whether Colbert chose to be straight, and the word gay vs. homosexual.

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Billie Jean King Talks Sochi Olympics, Russia’s Anti-gay Laws on ‘Today’ – VIDEO

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Tennis legend Billie Jean King, who will be one of three openly gay U.S. delegates to the upcoming Sochi Games, stopped by The Today Show to discuss her thoughts on the added safety/security precautions underway in Russia as well as what it means for openly gay athletes to represent the U.S. presidential delegation.    

Said King:

"When we step off the plane we are part of America. We are what an America looks like. So I think President Obama has done an amazing job on promoting diversity and inclusion. He has been the all-time president for doing that. And he’s showing the Russians, ‘Listen everybody belongs in the United States of America.'"

She goes on to discuss what a protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws may look like while at Sochi.

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Kate McKinnon Plays Billie Jean King in Hilarious Preview of Sochi Olympics on SNL: VIDEO

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As you know, Obama is send several openly gay athletes in the U.S. Delegation to the Sochi Olympics, and Billie Jean King (Kate McKinnon) appeared on SNL's 'Weekend Update' to talk about gays and the upcoming Games.

Said McKinnon: "BJK's about to double-down. And Putin's gonna find himself in the epicenter of a gay tornado...There is no demographic in this world that gives less of a flip than 70-year-old lesbians."

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Stephen Colbert Volleys with Billie Jean King: VIDEO

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Out tennis legend Billie Jean King rattles Stephen Colbert in a discussion of her 'Battle of the Sexes' match against Bobby Riggs which captivated America in 1973. King is now the subject of an American Masters episode.

Says King: "I always want both genders to champion each other. I just think it's really important. I know it's really idealistic but I don't care. Our job in this world is to help each other and champion each other and we're in this world together so let's make the best of it!"

Colbert also asks her about being in the closet when she was a tennis pro. He asks her if it ever upset her when a line judge, yelled "Out!"

"Yes," she replies.

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First Inductees of the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Honored in Chicago

21 individuals, three organizations, one sports team, and one corporation were among those honored Friday night in Chicago as the first inductees to the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. The events, according to CBS News, included "a dinner Friday night to honor the inductees at a ceremony at the Center on Halsted and an event on Saturday at Wrigley Field called 'Out at Wrigley,' which organizers says is the largest "Gay Day' at a major league sporting event."

PalloneAmong those inducted was Dave Pallone, who umpired the first night game at Wrigley Field.

Said Pallone, via the AP:

"It is a tremendous honor and ... I hope it gives young people and adults alike who happen to be LGBT and want to be in professional sports another example of why they should continue to strive for their dreams," Pallone said.

Pallone also spoke out about the situation in Russia: "The Olympic Games are for the athletes, not for political or religious figures. Athletes come in all shapes and sizes, colors and orientations," said David Pallone, a former umpire in Major League Baseball. "I truly believe that the IOC should really start thinking about the athletes before they select the host cities."

The complete list of the organization's first inductees:

Gay Games, Outsports.com, Chicago Cubs, International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), Anheuser Busch, Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Ben Cohen, Dave Pallone, Justin Fashanu, LZ Granderson, Christina Kahrl, Dr. Tom Waddell, Chuck Dima, Jerry Pritikin, Dave Kopay, Glenn Burke, Renee Richards, Billie, Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, Patty Sheehan, Andrew Goldstein, Jason Collins, Orlando Cruz and Johnny Weir.


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