- The Washington Times - Friday, August 9, 2002

The "Lesbians for Liberty" are fighting to be acknowledged at Madison Square Garden.

They are strong and invincible, as always, and they are not going to accept the indifference of the WNBA and the New York Liberty any longer.

The team's management recognizes Father's Day and Black History Month and notes the presence of other groups. The team's management, if prodded, probably would express greetings to the devotees of the leather/bondage scene. But never has the team's management noted the existence of the "Lesbians for Liberty" in the stands.

The "Lesbians for Liberty" and lesbians in general have decided not to let this slight pass another game.

In an e-mail, the "Lesbians for Liberty" asked: "Are you tired of the WNBA and the New York Liberty denying that lesbians are packing Madison Square Garden week after week for women's basketball games?"

The lesbian community is incredibly tired of it, judging by the action in the stands during the Liberty-Sol game last Friday night.

The "Lesbians for Liberty" held up placards that unveiled their sexual identity. For those who couldn't read or were otherwise preoccupied, the "Lesbians for Liberty" also kissed each other during pauses in play.

The hot lesbian action was hard to miss, and no doubt well worth the admission price of those who like the inevitable lesbian scenes in the average women's prison flick.

The team's management responded with a strong statement, saying the Liberty games "bring together all facets of the city, including the gay and lesbian community."

You probably thought the 16 teams of the WNBA limited their focus to playing a game and trying to turn a profit one of these decades. At least one WNBA team has accepted the additional challenge of uniting a city in a common bond.

The team apparently could not resist the historical implications of the protest.

As the "Lesbians for Liberty" put it: "Give me Liberty, or give me a smooch."

If part of the Liberty's mission is to "bring together all facets of the city," the team's management has been remiss in not expressing a heartfelt thanks to the "Lesbians for Liberty" and to lesbians in general.

Other than Rosie O'Donnell, an ardent supporter of the Liberty, the "Lesbians for Liberty" and lesbians in general have gone unnoticed in the team's six-season history.

Given this flagrant oversight, the team's management should declare this month to be "Lesbians for Liberty Month" and consider the public relations bonanza of making next season "Lesbians for Liberty 2003."

The Liberty's higher-ups appear attuned to the times, despite the slipperiness of the slope.

Men who wear diapers to relieve stress have appeared on the daytime talk shows to be understood and validated. Do men who wear diapers to relieve stress attend the Liberty games? That is hard to say. If they do, a "Men Who Wear Diapers to Relieve Stress Night" would seem appropriate.

Not that the lesbian community is the same as the community of men who wear diapers to relieve stress. But both do fit under the wonderfully diverse umbrella of alternative lifestyles.

Marv Albert, depending on the success of his therapy regarding the dead dominatrix, women's lingerie and biting, probably could use a night as well. What's the harm? Other than the one or two heterosexual couples who attend WNBA games with their children, it is doubtful an objection would be heard.

As it is, the one or two heterosexual couples who attend WNBA games could be swingers. Swingers seem to be making a comeback in America, if they ever went away. So why not a "Swingers Night," too? Inclusiveness is good.

The man-boy love folks, led by the wacko Catholic priests, are probably the exception.

The Liberty's bosses are probably not ready to welcome man-boy lovers to Madison Square Garden.

Otherwise, come one, come all.

That's all facets of New York City.

That includes men who are fascinated with the toes of women. Here is to them, the toe-loving aficionados of New York City.

You also deserve to be recognized.

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