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  • "For a long time they were happy to have those lesbians fill those seats in the stands, but not willing for a long time to embrace the fan base," said Pat Griffin, professor emeritus in the social justice education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "I attribute that to the homophobia, fear that somehow acknowledging the fan base would encourage other fans not to go to games. What they've learned is that the fan doesn't keep other people from going to games."

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  • "Heterosexual coaches will also promote the `family' orientation of their own teams and the `lack of family values' on rival teams as a way to negatively recruit without directly talk about lesbians," she said.

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