|Phelps (left), seen with Ambassador Michelle Ferris and government officials |
at Matthew Mitcham and Blake Skjellerup launch event
Dr Kerryn Phelps, a physician, TV personality and activist, honored the FGG by serving as MC at the dinner last September in Sydney where Blake Skjellerup and Matthew Mitcham were welcomed as Gay Games Ambassadors. She's now calling for action in response to Margaret Court's homophobic statements and positions, as reported in The Australian:
KERRYN Phelps, one of Australia's most influential gay women, is calling on the Victorian Government and Tennis Australia to drop Margaret Court's name from one of its show court arenas at Melbourne Park.
Dr Phelps tweeted the comment to Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu today in response to Court's continued opposition to same sex marriage, and homosexuality more generally, ahead of next week's Australian Open.
Gay rights activists are urging people to use the Open to protest against the tennis great's views by waving rainbow flags at the Margaret Court Arena.
"Time to rename Margaret Court Arena," Dr Phelps tweeted. In a subsequent tweet, she urged a response from Tennis Australia, which has distanced itself from Court's views.
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