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April 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Lesbians and basketball on film

Storm guard Tanisha Wright declined to talk about her experiences playing for former Penn State coach Rene Portland, but a new film will put the coach’s discriminatory attitude against lesbians on blast. (For more background, start here)
“Training Rules” documents the Jennifer Harris case against Portland, who resigned in 2007. Wright, who was drafted 12th overall in 2005 by Seattle, was a three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for the Lions. She re-signed with the Storm this offseason and is playing overseas.
The film makes its world premier on Saturday, but not at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in St. Louis. According to some reports, various branches of the NCAA still refuse to even talk about lesbianism. Instead “Training Rules” will be shown at the Philadelphia Film Festival.
For a different twist on the topic, read Atlanta post Chantelle Anderson’s blog post “Why Men Hate Lesbians.”

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