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Billie Jean King talks coming out

Updated: August 6, 2013, 9:55 PM ET
Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Billie Jean King said Tuesday that she couldn't have revealed herself as being gay in the 1970s because it would have damaged the fledgling women's professional tennis tour.

King became the first prominent female athlete to come out as gay in 1981 after her partner filed a palimony lawsuit against her.

"I don't think it would have helped the situation. I think it would have hurt us more because we were just getting started," she told a Television Critics ...

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