Congratulations are in order for Violet Palmer, the NBA’s first female referee. According to an ESPN article, today she will marry Tanya Stine, her partner of 20 years. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time.
“This is actually the big formal coming out,” Palmer said. “We are saying to the world, to everyone, here’s my wife of 20 years. This is the big coming out.”