Following a second week of performances, openly lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova became the first contestant eliminated from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Yesterday’s episode saw the 55-year-old Naratilova and partner Tony Dovolani receive a score of 19 for their Jive in the second week of the competition. The American Association of Retired Persons threw their support behind Navratilova (who is an official AARP fitness ambassador) yesterday, asking their members to vote for her, but unfortunately fellow contestants Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff received more votes.
Navratilova has been an LGBT icon since coming out of the closet in 1981 shortly after becoming a US citizen. In 2007, she received the Stephen F. Kolzak award from GLAAD for her years of advocacy. She also participated in the “Be an Ally and a Friend” PSA campaign, which you can see an example of below.