Tennis & Cock

To find the last gay male tennis player you have to go back nearly 100 years. Bill Tilden was an out gay man in the 1920s, 50 years before Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. He won 3 Wimbledon singles titles and 6 US Open titles as an amateur in the 1920s, and then won 2 French pro titles and 2 US pro titles in the 1930s. He lead the US to 7 consecutive Davis Cup titles from 1920 to 1926. It’s hard to believe there are no openly gay men’s tennis players

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  1. Well, back then, gay meant more than just same-sex; back then, only guys who sucked dick or took it up the ass were considered homosexuals. Oddly, they often have their male partners (who they allegedly had no emotional attachment to) tokens of affection, like buying a dinner or a painter or photographer giving that Marine he just blew a job as a model. That’s why Gore Vidal never considered himself gay: He never did penetration, and he and his partners were frank about the emotional side of their relationships at least.

    A lot of modern ideas about gayness were from the mid-70s, ironically because of internalized homophobia: Now gay relationships had to mimic straight relationships, but gay men had to be inherently different so as to be nonthreatening, and neo-Freudian ideas about “full genital maturity” were all the rage.

    Consider the born after 1980 set a gay renaissance. Or a gay Thermidor. Depending on your side of the issue.

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