Coming Out for Olivia:
In a letter to the New York Times
, Rosie Jones admitted she is a lesbian on March 21, 2004, in part to accept a sponorship from Olivia
, a lesbian music and travel agency.
Jones has won 13 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) titles. She has been on the tour since 1982. She had four top-three finishes in 2002. In 2003 she won the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage.
On Being a Lesbian:
Rosie said in her letter to the New York Times, "I've been very comfortable with the fact that I'm gay. I came out to my family when I was 19, and my friends and associates on the Tour are all aware that I am gay."
On the Risks of Coming Out:
Rosie said, "As any gay person can tell you, coming out involves making yourself incredibly vulnerable. Every gay person knows other gay people who have been rejected by family or friends."
On Coming out at Age 44:
Rosie came out at age 44 after a long and successful career in the LPGA. For those who would criticize her for coming out so late, she says, "I'm sure people will criticize me for coming out so late. To them, I say simply, I wasn't ready until now. If the gay-rights movement is about anything, it should be about letting people come out on their own timetable and on their own terms."
In her New York Times letter Jones said, "I know that coming out in today's politically supercharged environment surrounding gay issues has the potential to spin into something I do not intend...But first and foremost, I am a proud and blessed member of the LPGA and a professional athlete, not an activist."
Rosie Jones was born November 13, 1959, the seventh of eight children. She lives in Atlanta, GA and travels on the tour with her dog, Rosko. When she is not golfing, she enjoys fishing, dancing and woodworking.
Rosie was approached by Olivia for sponsorship after she sailed on one of their famous all-women lesbian cruises. Rosie will join Olivia at their "Sportstacular" vacation
in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in November 2004.