Bullied for being Straight

Candice Wiggins, the former Stanford University basketball star, claimed she was the victim for harassment during an eight-year WNBA career because she was heterosexual.


In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune she mentioned that she was bullied because she was a nationally popular figure who happened to be straight. She also mentioned that 98% of the WNBA are gay which makes her a minority.

Being that there are so many causes created by the LGBTQ communtiy that promote equality you would think that would be the last thing that an all women’s basketball team would be guilty of.

Putting two and two together we can see that it’s very likely that in whatever circumstance being a minority can make one an easy target.

She stated:

“It wasn’t like my dreams came true in the WNBA. It was quite the opposite…. I wanted to play two more seasons of WNBA, but the experience didn’t lend itself to my mental state.”


We always hear about hate crimes particularly against the LGBTQ community but hardly hear about being bullied for being heterosexual.

We scream about being proud of who we are and standing up for who we are which Candice has done.

However,the main issue with this story is how it’s being covered, inequality is inequality. It hasn’t received a great amount of recognition, is this the classic example of a double standard?