Holding up signs that proclaimed, "Save the Lesbians," an ad hoc coalition of vocal gay rights activists showed up at Temple last night in protest of Penn State women's basketball coach Rene Portland, an outspoken opponent of lesbianism in collegiate athletics.
Seated behind the Penn State bench as the ninth-ranked Lions defeated Temple, 92-76, a crowd of about 35 demonstrators, members of Queer Action, assailed Portland for discriminatory comments in which she claimed that she was attempting to change the stereotype of female athletes as "dykes" and for an alleged ban of lesbians from her team in the past. Chanting slogans such as, "Out of the closet and on the court!" and "Fire the coach, not the dykes!" the group blew whistles at Portland as she led her team off the court at halftime and staged as "kiss-in" during a second-half timeout.