I notice a lot of discussion about gay men in pro sports and the issue of homophobia. Lesbian athletes also encounter a lot of homophobia. For instance, the Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur isn't "out" of the closet but other female tennis players have made fun of her in the media they say she "plays like a man."
However, I also notice there is little discussion about lesbian athletes and pro sports. Since most of the pro athletes that paved the way for gay rights are female shouldn't they get the respect they deserve? Look at Martina Navratilova, Amelie Mauresmo, and Billie Jean King, they opened the doors for lesbians in women's tennis. In women's golf LPGA legend Patty Sheean is a lesbian and a champion and Rosie Jones also came out as have a few other female golfers. In women's soccer Megan Rapinoe came out, yet they don't seem to get the respect they deserve from the gay community. Why is that?