The Life of Billie Jean King

She's one of the world's most iconic tennis stars and was the first out LGBTQ female athlete. This is Billie Jean King. 🎾

Battle for Equality

She was born in 1943 in California, to an athletic family. At 11, with money she earned doing chores, she bought a tennis racket for $8. By 23, she won the Wimbledon women’s singles tournament for the first time. She went on to win 12 Grand Slam titles. At 30, she successfully got equal pay for female players at the U.S. Open. The same year, she won the “Battle of the Sexes” — a historic match against Bobby Riggs. “I had my epiphany at 12: I wanted to fight for equality the rest of my life. And I knew I was lucky to have tennis.”

When she was 32, Elton John wrote a song for her. Since then, she’s been working with him in his fight against AIDS. At 38, her ex-partner Marilyn Barnett sued her for alimony. By coming out during a press conference, she became the first female athlete to publicly come out. When she was 66, Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian award in the United States.

At 73, she was played on the big screen by Emma Stone in the movie Battle of the Sexes, which portrays her famous match against Bobby Riggs. King hopes this movie, “Battle of the Sexes,” will inspire the millennials and the Gen Z, the younger ones, even, to fight for equality and freedom, because every generation has to fight for it. King concludes, “It was a tennis match, but it’s what it represented that mattered. So, I knew this was the moment. This was a moment, could be a pivotal moment for women and for men: how men looked at us, and how women looked at themselves.” She is the legendary Billie Jean King.


07/14/2019 11:57 AM
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  • Gary W.
    07/15/2019 01:59


  • Brut
    07/15/2019 13:44

    There's only one Serena Williams — this is her story.

  • Obiloma U.
    07/15/2019 20:29

    Same Billie Jean Michael sang about?

  • Bob W.
    07/15/2019 22:38

    Brother, Randy, was a pitcher for the Giants.

  • Creepi G.
    07/17/2019 05:59

    “Billie jean’s not my lover” - micheal jackson

  • RB B.
    07/17/2019 12:48


  • Bata J.
    07/18/2019 18:46

    The queen in hell

  • Dillon S.
    07/18/2019 20:49


  • Gina R.
    07/18/2019 23:07

    Is she the same one Michael Jackson sang about? 😲😲

  • Sunday S.
    07/19/2019 01:09


  • Renn
    07/19/2019 01:31


  • Rahul R.
    07/19/2019 06:42

    Billie Jean is not my lover

  • Jose C.
    07/19/2019 21:05

    Had to be from California lol

  • Waqar Y.
    07/20/2019 03:36

    Margaret Court was the greatest tennis player who is totally and justifiably against LGBT. We oppose to the core LGBT as its against the divine laws and commandments of ALLAH!!! Please don't mix sport with this trash and filth. Sports is better off without such debates. Focas on the technicalities and performances in sport and not this smut!!!

  • Abderrazek K.
    07/20/2019 11:18

    that s pity the fact that she isn t a complete female

  • Shiva P.
    07/20/2019 15:32

    ...not just for equality but beyound for SHE has the KEY to continue Humanrace.. Woman should be EMPOWERED

  • Arvind K.
    07/20/2019 16:37


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    07/21/2019 09:10


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    07/21/2019 13:25