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Gay publisher Bobby Blair organizing tennis tournament to benefit athletic mentoring program

Bobby Blair, publisher of the gay Florida Agenda and Guy magazine, is organizing a December tennis tournament to benefit his partner’s LGBT Athletic Mentoring Program.

“A lot of people in the LGBT community didn’t know about my background as a world-ranked tennis player,” said Blair, who also is preparing an autobiography to be published in 2014,  Hiding Inside The Baseline.

“It’s my life mission to evolve our health and wellness foundation to ensure that there is an outlet for all athletes around the world so they can be comfortable and understand what’s ahead for them in life, and how to best handle their coming-out process for their sexual orientation,” Blair says.

In August, Blair’s partner of 10 years, Brian Neal, announced that his Fitness & Health Foundation would launch an LGBT Athletic Mentoring Program.

From Neal’s website:

The Brian Neal Fitness & Health Foundation is proud to announce on august 29th in New York City at this years 2013 US OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP the launch of our LGBT ATHLETIC MENTORING PROGRAM which will provide a safe and confidential support team for athletes from all sports to journey through their sexual orientation with family, friends, teachers, coaches, sponsors and their fans. This program is being launched and announced at the Bobby Blair press conference announcing his upcoming memoir “HIDING INSIDE THE BASELINE” at the Roger Smith Hotel, located at 501 lexington Ave and the corner of 47th St at 9AM. Some of tennis biggest stars will be attending. Famed coach Nick Bollettieri, Adidas International head coach Sven Groeneveld, Former top 10 player in the world Carling Bassett-Seguso, French Open Doubles Champion Luke Jensen, Former #1 tennis player at UCLA and notable author Barry Buss, ESPN/CNN commentator and GLAAD journalist of the year) LZ Granderson among others. An inspirational letter of support will be read by media from legendary tennis champion and 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Billie Jean King. Lets make a difference together!

The Brian Neal Fitness and Health Foundation targets “financially challenged people living with HIV/AIDS in Fort Lauderdale,” according to the website.

Click here to register for the Florida Agenda Holiday Tennis Classic.

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