Camille LeNoir, former player with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, says she lost an assistant coaching position at New Mexico State University because she is no longer gay.
LeNoir told The Washington Post that after she accepted the job, New Mexico State University head coach Mark Trakh watched a 2011 video (above) of LeNoir saying that she was no longer gay.
The video, “Sports, Fame, & Fornication,” was LeNoir’s interview with Christopher Hudson of the Forerunner Chronicles, a Christian organization:
I would say, it’s not worth it. If you are in a same-sex relationship, it is not worth losing your soul. Whoever you’re in that relationship with, like the Lord told me, it will be the death of you. I just believe that you can overcome it. You can overcome and defeat sin.
If you believe something that you were born gay or homosexual or whatever — if you feel you were born that way — I would say that you weren’t. God wouldn’t create you homosexual, then say in the Bible that it’s wrong, and then send you to hell. He doesn’t operate like that.
According to LeNoir, the job offer was retracted by Trakh who told her to remove the video:
I’m asking him, “Mark, can you please just tell me why? What is the reason?” I never got an answer.He just said take down the video — “take down the video or you’ll never be able to work in this industry.”
So I shared with him that I did, and that I was no longer in that lifestyle. [Trakh told me] the fact that I’m no longer homosexual would affect recruiting.
LeNoir is now suing New Mexico State for allegedly discriminating against because of her religious beliefs and sexual identity.
New Mexico State ahas denied any discrimination charges, but said in court papers that LeNoir’s feelings about homosexuality “would have had an adverse impact” on her “ability to effectively coach and recruit players who identify as LGBT.”
New Mexico State refused to comment to The Washington Post about LeNoir’s claims.
LeNoir told the newspaper about her past life:
For me, it was environmental. It was emotional connections and attachments that I had in the two relationships that I was in.
It was tough. I ended my last relationship [and] I was in love. There was nothing that went wrong in that relationship.
And so it was just a constant wrestling with what I know the Bible says, my family says and my emotions. And so I got to the point where, like, I’m choosing this over that.