At the panel, King spoke frankly about her legendary tennis match with Bobby Riggs in 1973. She also spoke about coming out in 1981 because she was essentially outed due to a lawsuit filed by her ex-partner.
The essence was I was outed, and at that time, I was still trying to find myself. My poor parents are homophobic. I grew up homophobic, so you can imagine
this challenge. I didn’t get comfortable in my own skin until I was 51 about being gay.
She also spoke about what feminism means to her.
It means choice; it means equality for boys and girls. That’s what it means to me. The guys loved it, because I always included them. I still do.
King mentioned that she spoke to Riggs the night before he died and he admitted regarding their match in 1973 that the pair “really did make a difference, didn’t we?” Yes they did.