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Gay-baiting coach needs to zip it

“I struggled with whether I should just walk away and try to forget what happened. I finally realized that I could never put this incident behind me as long as other students were being subjected to the same sort of humiliation and discrimination I experienced from Coach Portland.”
— Jennifer Harris, a former basketball player for Penn State, on Coach Rene Portland’s abusive homo-bashing attitudes.

Penn State’s basketball coach Rene Portland has a problem with lesbians. She doesn’t want them playing on her team.

In fact, despite Penn State adding sexual orientation to the school’s non-discrimination policy in 1991, she told the media that she does not allow lesbians on her team. [I hate to tell Portland the obvious, but it’s likely she’s coached many a lesbian on the b-ball team in spite of whatever bullsh*t beliefs she has.]

Finally, a player is coming forward calling Portland on her bigoted ways. (

Jennifer Harris was a 6 foot guard from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Despite Harris’ outstanding performance as a player during her two-year career at Penn State from 2003 to 2005, Coach Portland repeatedly questioned Harris about her sexual orientation, repeatedly threatened to kick Harris off the team if she found out Harris was a lesbian, and eventually told other players not to associate with Harris because she believed that Harris was gay.

I guess Portland better be careful about hugging the lesbos — it might be catching…

In 2005, Coach Portland abruptly told Harris to find somewhere else to play.

“My departure from Penn State was very painful,” said Harris. “…In the end, I knew I had to speak out. Coach Portland very nearly destroyed not only my athletic career, but also my dream of completing my education and becoming a doctor. I do not want to see a single other student damaged in this way.”

Harris transferred to James Madison University.

…Tuesday the National Center for Lesbian Rights sent a letter to Penn State University President Graham Spanier, demanding that action be taken against Portland.

Despite student protests and an alleged investigation into Portland’s anti-gay conduct, Penn State has refused to take any action against her.

…“Coach Portland’s anti-gay recruiting methods and infamous ‘no lesbians’ policy have continued for nearly three decades. Coach Portland’s behavior not only violates the school’s anti-discrimination policy, it is illegal,” said NCLR Regional Counsel Karen Doering.

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