Woman surprises fans by proposing to girlfriend at a basketball game

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The proposal Photo: Twitter screenshot

A woman proposed to her girlfriend on the basketball court during a pro-game on Wednesday, surprising fans and warming hearts.

The proposal occurred during a game between the Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm, according to Outsports. The two teams are with the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

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The Phoenix Mercury posted a video of the proposal on their Twitter account. In it, the Mercury mascot, a purple creature named Scorch Bio, dances with a long-haired woman wearing orange shorts, spinning her around until she’s face-to-face with her girlfriend, another long-haired woman wearing a black T-shirt and leggings.

The second woman then gets down on one knee and pulls a small ring box out of her pocket as her girlfriend interestedly leans forward. When the kneeling woman pops the question, her girlfriend put her hands on her face, seemingly surprised.

The proposing woman’s free hand then reaches out to touch her partner’s arm in a gesture of concern. Holding each other’s arms, the girlfriend nods yes, the kneeling woman stands, and the two hug, as a photographer in the background snaps their pictures.

The women’s names are not yet publicly known. The Mercury later beat the Storm, 97 to 77.


Same-sex proposals have become more common during professional sporting events.

The increase makes sense considering that 40 percent of lesbians and 30 percent of gay men identify as passionate sports fans, according to a study published January 2021 in the Sociology of Sport Journal. Comparatively, 60 percent of straight men and 40 percent of straight women describe themselves as passionate sports fans.

Outsports recently noted that 20 percent of active WNBA players are out as LGBTQ, making the WNBA quite possibly “the most gay-friendly sports league” in the United States.

The WNBA has recently made headlines due to the arrest of lesbian player Brittney Griner by Russian authorities on drug smuggling charges. On Friday, a Russian court extended Griner’s pre-trial detention for an additional month. She’ll now remain in a Russian jail until June 18. Her case is expected to go to trial.

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