Tennis legend Billie Jean King has been honored by Boston University with an honorary degree for her contributions to society. King’s resume could fill this blog, but this sums up her importance: Life magazine named her one of the 100 most important Americans of the 20th century.
King is also an out lesbian and is on the boards of the Women's Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. In 2007 she launched GreenSlam, an environmental initiative and issued a challenge to the sports industry to become more proactive about going green. --Jim Buzinski
Hat tip to James at Gay.com