Thursday, September 29, 2011

Are You There, Chaz? It's Me, Renee

Just wanted to let everyone know that ESPN's sensational documentary about trans tennis legend Dr. Renee Richards, the aptly titled "Renee," is set to air Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. ET. (Check local listings.) It's a must-see for not only for tennis fans, but for anyone interested in the history LGBT rights. I had a chance to see it during NewFest and was completely mesmerized, even though I "lived" through it all at the time. As much fake controversy as there's been about Chaz Bono's appearance on "Dancing With the Stars," you will be surprised (and I dare say humbled) by the amazingly calm and thoughtful reaction from many in the late 1970s to Richards -- I remember getting her autograph at the Avon Championships of Detroit and how most people were just insanely curious, but not mocking her -- as she fought for the right to play on the women's professional tennis circuit, a right she now feels she did not have. You can read my review HERE. Tune in and let me know what you thought.

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