HS: I see it starting to change right now, because golf has become such a huge business. Of course there are gay people on this tour. It might be higher than the national average of 10 percent, but not much. Golf businesses want the best players. They aren't going to look into private lives. They look at the bottom line—can a player make money for me. More and more women are starting to play golf, and they are not starting to play because they are afraid of us. They like us.
SI: What do you think of the sponsorship, or relative lack of it, for LPGA players?
HS: Women players' contracts are significantly—embarrassingly—lower than the men's, and it's primarily because of TV. We're just not on TV enough, and that is how the corporate people justify it. Even so, the difference between the contracts for men and women are way out of proportion. It's hard to swallow. We need more exposure.
SI: From a distance of three months, what effect has the Wright controversy had on the tour?
HS: It's turned out better than I first thought. We had so many people, and all our sponsors, come out and support us. They see golf as a business. There's a lot of money to be made with women, and they're going to promote us.
SI: Ultimately, do you think the issue is lesbianism on the women's tour or something else?
HS: I think people feel threatened by homosexuality. The problem isn't about gay people, the problem is about the attitude towards gay people. People think that all gays are Hannibal Lecters. But gay people are sons and daughters, politicians and doctors, American heroes and daughters of American heroes. It's the attitude that hurts our tour.
SI: Do you foresee a time when an LPGA player will "come out of the closet," a la Martina Navratilova?
HS: I can't see anyone coming out, because the players feel it is no one's business. We all stick together. We're a very tight group. It would be too hard for just one person to do, too stressful. And why should it make a difference? The LPGA is about golf.