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    Billie Jean emperor

    we sometimes think of tennis stars as being self absorbed and arrogant. But now and then, There comes along a player of extreme ability and rough drive who also has a social conscience. , Winner of six Wimbledon men and women titles, Might have one even more big titles if she wasn working hard off court for equality.

    of 64, This lesbian icon is still at it and this week went to the conservative Muslim sheikdom of Qatar to promote gender equality in sport during the women tennis tour year end finals won Sunday by Venus Williams.

    Billie Jean told the Associated Press that a shift toward gender parity in sport is a gradual process that will require respect for all cultures and religions: Rights is important. But it can take generations to have a shift. Things do not happen quickly, But we have to start someplace.

    Women have fewer market than men in sports and other fields in Qatar, Which sent an all male team to the Beijing olympics this year.

    Venus has been one the few top players in recent years to take on some of the reponsibility and leadership in speaking out for equality in sports and has always given credit to King for in the lead. That why I so happy to see the graceful and gracious Venus have her best season in several years during which she also won her fifth Wimbledon singles title as well the Wimbledon doubles and the Olympic Gold medal in doubles with sister Serena.

    God bless Elton John and . They are two remarkable people who share a remarkable friendship and use their fame to give back. Their annual Advanta WTT Smash Hits event now in its 16th year was held this week at Kennesaw State college and $400,000 was raised for HIV/AIDS charities.

    America top player Andy Roddick and the legendary Martina Navratilova taken part in the event which featured a series of tennis sets played between two teams.

    Elton got Roddick fired up prior to a event by joking that Andy joked that Andy hadn been on a winning Smash Hits team in years. Roddick responded to task from his team coach, Winning three sets to lead Team Elton John to a 23 16 victory over Team Billie Jean at the 16th annual Advanta WTT Smash Hits at Kennesaw State college.

    on the win, Elton John evened the television show with Billie Jean King at eight wins apiece.

    At a pre match reception, better $171,000 of [url=]cookie jarring dating[/url] the event total was raised as King, John and the players took part in a live auction. The top auction items were two Wimbledon packages with Billie Jean King personal Center Court seats which sold for $21,000 every individual. Other top draws were John autographed piano bench and a Super Bowl package. Roddick wrapped up the auction with a fantastic $17,000 bid for artwork involving Navratilova.

    I atrtended the event two years ago when it was in Orange County and it remains one of definitely the memories. I don want to talk forevery about Billie Jean because I always do that. But know that she is a real hero to me and has been for my entire adult life. She a fantastic human being who has finished so much but is always in the moment and loooking ahead. When she satisfies you, She asks questions and is not self absorbed.

    My hero Billie Jean King made a remark to the New York Observer about Sarah Palin earlier this week that raised some eyebrows because they seemed to indicate that the famous feminist and equal rights activist was supporting the Republican vice presidential candidate.

    BJK claried her remarks today in an announcement: Friday, Reporter from the New York Observer asked me what I dreamed about Sarah Palin. I told her i think overall Sarah Palin was honest and real. I think that. nevertheless, That in no way should be viewed as an endorsement of any kind. I oppose some of the positions of Sarah Palin, in particular those tied to the LGBT community. I am supporting obama and, genuinely, I have lent my name to both Women for Obama and the Obama LGBT Steering and Policy panel.

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