Sharnee Zoll-Norman, a guard for Chicago Sky, officially came out during an interview with the Windy City Times.
By officially, we mean, this was the first time her sexuality was printed in any publication. In actuality, Zoll-Norman has been married to her wife, Serita Norman, for 4 years.
“It’s never been printed,” she said.
“I never felt whether I’m gay, straight, bi, [or] whatever that my sexuality had anything to do with me as a basketball player, and I don’t think it necessarily has anything to do with me as a person. If I was straight, I wouldn’t have to come out and say that I was straight. So I’ve never had an official coming-out, or something where I felt I had to announce that I was gay. But everyone knows.”
She also said she never tried to hide her sexuality.
Zoll-Norman says there was never any attempt on her part to hide her sexuality.
“I wear my wedding ring proudly; I have matching tattoos with my wife, and also have her name tattooed on me. We go a lot of places [together] and I surely don’t hide it [that she’s my wife.]”
Zoll-Norman also dispels her own misconceptions about what it meant to be gay.
“The one misconception I had about being gay was that I had to dress in baggy clothes, wear my hair a certain way, walk a certain way, talk a certain way. But that’s not necessarily the case. Gay comes in all shapes and sizes, all races and religions,” she said.
Although her “coming out” didn’t garner a big Sports Illustrated cover, or media blitz, she feels it still takes a lot of courage to do so.
“You should never be ashamed of how you feel inside or out, or who you love,” she said. “I think it’s amazing that [Collins and Rogers] came out. It takes so much courage to come out, especially Jason as a Black professional athlete. I think we have kind of a stigma in our community, that if you’re gay you’re less masculine. So I really applaud him. Throughout his NBA career, no one has questioned his masculinity, his toughness. So Jason really puts a different face to what some people see as gay. Same for Robbie Rogers, who plays soccer, one of the toughest sports to play—and I’m sure no one has questioned his [masculinity.]”