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Margaret Court overlooked for Australian Open trophy presentation

Tennis great polarises public on marriage equality77-year-old will still be honoured at Melbourne ParkShe will be recognised on the 50th anniversary of her 1970 calendar-year grand slam sweep but tennis legend Margaret Court will not be presenting the …

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Margaret Court accepts Australian Open invitation to mark 50th anniversary of grand slam sweep

The tennis legend, who has aroused furious opposition with her views on homosexuality, has agreed to attend the Open in JanuaryMargaret Court has accepted Tennis Australia’s invitation to the Australian Open in January to celebrate the 50th anniversary…

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Israel Folau implies bushfires are God’s punishment for same-sex marriage – video report

In a video posted online, Israel Folau has implied the recent Australian bushfires are a punishment from God for the country legalising abortion and same-sex marriage. During the 10-minute recording, Folau says the timing of the bushfire crisis is no c…

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Israel Folau under fire for saying bushfires are God’s punishment

Former Wallabies player’s comments in sermon follow controversy over his sacking for social media postsScott Morrison has labelled comments by sacked rugby union star Israel Folau linking devastating bushfires to Australia passing laws to legalise abor…

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Margaret Court calls on Tennis Australia to honour her grand slam anniversary

Record holder is waiting for Australian Open invitationCourt will not return until she is treated like Rod LaverThe Australian tennis summer is again facing controversy over Margaret Court after she called on Tennis Australia to celebrate her grand sla…

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Tom Daley: ‘If I hadn’t met Lance, I don’t know if I’d be diving now’

From being objectified at 14 to coming out five years later, the diver has lived his life in public. Still only 24, he talks about his marriage to Lance Black, fatherhood – and why he’s speaking out about gay rights around he worldYou could say this ab…

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Yes, Margaret Court, lesbians can rise to the top in tennis. Other sports, too | Kate O’Halloran

It goes without saying that women who play male-dominated sports at an elite level have defied a whole range of stereotypes

Margaret Court is right, tennis is full of lesbians. So is AFLW, soccer, cricket, you name any women’s sport and the same (mostly) applies. It’s an open secret that anyone who has played these sports or has momentarily observed them is aware of. And it’s not a fact to be ashamed of. It goes without saying that women who play male-dominated, traditionally “masculine” sports, particularly at an elite level, have defied a whole range of stereotypes about gender to make it to where they are.

It follows, I would argue, that some of these same women might question the presumption of the righteousness of heterosexuality at the heart of Margaret Court’s worldview. Gender normativity – or the belief in restrictive gender norms – and compulsory heterosexuality go hand in hand: to be assigned female at birth is to identify as a woman, is to be feminine, is to be attracted to men, who identify as male, who are masculine. Or is it not? Disrupting this ideological logic is exactly what those who agree with Court are afraid of.

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Yes, Margaret Court, lesbians can rise to the top in tennis. Other sports, too | Kate O’Halloran

It goes without saying that women who play male-dominated sports at an elite level have defied a whole range of stereotypes

Margaret Court is right, tennis is full of lesbians. So is AFLW, soccer, cricket, you name any women’s sport and the same (mostly) applies. It’s an open secret that anyone who has played these sports or has momentarily observed them is aware of. And it’s not a fact to be ashamed of. It goes without saying that women who play male-dominated, traditionally “masculine” sports, particularly at an elite level, have defied a whole range of stereotypes about gender to make it to where they are.

It follows, I would argue, that some of these same women might question the presumption of the righteousness of heterosexuality at the heart of Margaret Court’s worldview. Gender normativity – or the belief in restrictive gender norms – and compulsory heterosexuality go hand in hand: to be assigned female at birth is to identify as a woman, is to be feminine, is to be attracted to men, who identify as male, who are masculine. Or is it not? Disrupting this ideological logic is exactly what those who agree with Court are afraid of.

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‘This is not OK’: Martina Navratilova repeats call to rename Margaret Court Arena

Tennis great calls out fellow former world No1 over anti-gay rights stance, accusing her of ‘bullying’ and ‘linking LGBT to Nazis, communists, the devil’

Martina Navratilova has repeated her call to rename Margaret Court Arena after the latest comments by her fellow former world No1 caused yet more outrage in the LGBTI and tennis communities.

“We celebrate free speech, but that doesn’t mean it is free of consequences – not punishment, but consequences,” Navratilova wrote in an open letter published by Fairfax Media.

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‘This is not OK’: Martina Navratilova repeats call to rename Margaret Court Arena

Tennis great calls out fellow former world No1 over anti-gay rights stance, accusing her of ‘bullying’ and ‘linking LGBT to Nazis, communists, the devil’

Martina Navratilova has repeated her call to rename Margaret Court Arena after the latest comments by her fellow former world No1 caused yet more outrage in the LGBTI and tennis communities.

“We celebrate free speech, but that doesn’t mean it is free of consequences – not punishment, but consequences,” Navratilova wrote in an open letter published by Fairfax Media.

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‘The greatest of greats’: Margaret Court’s name should remain on arena, says PM

Malcolm Turnbull says former player’s tennis achievements should still be recognised despite her boycott of Qantas over airline’s support of gay marriage

Margaret Court is one of tennis’ “greatest greats” and the arena named after her should recognise that, not her opposition to gay marriage, the prime minister says.

Related: Margaret Court vows to stop flying Qantas over marriage equality stance

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