Layshia Clarendon, one of the few out gender non-conforming players in the WNBA, is about to be a proud parent with her wife, sports agent Jessica Clarendon. The New York Liberty free agent announced via Instagram on Monday that Jessica is due in December.
And with the picture and through her tongue-in-cheek hashtags, Layshia made it clear her wife is the one carrying: #ShesCarrying #AintGotTimeForThat
“I’m terrified and ecstatic all at the same damn time!” the former Connecticut Sun point-guard wrote in the caption of the photo of the couple embracing and holding hands over Jessica’s belly. “No one else I’d rather go on this journey with than you.”
Layshia also made it clear in her post: they are not going to find out the baby’s sex in advance.
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Super excited to announce Baby Clarendon coming Dec 2020. I’m terrified and ecstatic all at the same damn time! No one else I’d rather go on this journey with than you @jessicaclarendon ♂️❤️#NoWeArentFindingOutTheSex #ShesCarrying #AintGotTimeForThat #BabyMama #QuarantineBaby #IDidThat
The couple have been married since November 2017. A few months prior, Jessica wrote an outstanding blog post about being a white woman engaged to a black woman and how her view of the world changed, something that is still very relevant today.
Layshia revealed to reporters in January that she and Jessica intended to start a family, following her work on the executive committee of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association bargaining team.
“From the beginning I was like, we better be queer-inclusive on this,” Clarendon said at that time. “Does it cover this type of mom or does it cover only the person who carried the child, not if the person wasn’t going to carry? All those things from the very beginning, I’m trying to really make sure we’re making it as inclusive as possible for all types of working moms in this league.”
Thanks to her hard work, stipulations in the WNBA collective bargaining agreement include a $5,000 child-care credit, plus a guarantee for two-bedroom housing.
Congratulations to the Clarendons from all of us at Outsports!