Bill Clinton November 1992: tennis legend Martina Navratilova remembers the inclusive days of Clinton’s first campaign

Bill Clinton November 1992: tennis legend Martina Navratilova remembers the inclusive days of Clinton’s first campaign – Changing perceptions

Martina Navratilova

In the 1992 presidential race, Bill Clinton’s openness in recognizing gay and lesbian citizens marked the first time I felt truly included in this great country of ours. We’ve made progress, but there remains a need for our leaders to influence our nation’s leaders to continue to strive for fairness and equality. In order to achieve this, let’s drop our overriding need to be so damn “PC” and all-inclusive.

We understand that “people of color” signifies a multitude of ethnicities. Why not get comfortable with referring to ourselves as simply “gay,” rather than “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered” or “GLBT,” I give many interviews, and frankly it feels awkward to have to translate the four initials of our community for of the press. And if it’s cumbersome to me, can you ever imagine a George W. even uttering the phrase? It is enough that “they” attempt to divide us–let’s not do it ourselves. We have much work to do. Let’s simplify and get going!

Winner of 56 Grand Slam titles, Navratilova has raised nearly $2 million for gay causes through her Rainbow Card.

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