If someone asks Albert Cousins to play tennis, he always says yes! This high school principal and his boyfriend were looking for something new to do together, so they picked up two tennis rackets from a New York sports store and began practicing by themselves. Quickly transitioning from hitting balls against a wall to playing on tennis courts, they then decided to get together with other LGBT players from the non-profit Metropolitan Tennis Group (metrotennisgroup.com). for tournaments arranged by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (glta.net). As soon as Cousins discovered the GLTA he told his boyfriend, “I’m going to go on tour,” and he had never played a tournament in his life. This kind of passion for life and tennis is something each of the more than 12,000 members of the GLTA has in common. They also love to travel together! Every year they participate in tournaments specifically for the LGBTQ community in over 84 different destinations around the world. According to Cousins, “MTG really change the way I live my life as a New Yorker. They are a really great organization that allows you the opportunity to travel anywhere you want and to meet new people from all over the world. That is my social network, and the people who I consider to be my closest friends, and it came late in my adult life, all through tennis.”
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