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While attending college, Julie Baird, who later joined the professional tennis tour, put up a false front, playing straight and dating men to conceal the fact that she was lesbian.

She saw other women doing the same thing on the tennis circuit and at the University of San Diego, where she later coached the sport. Baird says they would all “over-heterosexualize.”

“You wear makeup to the matches or the gym, or you don’t go to the cafe after work because you’re in your sweats,” says Baird, who’s now an associate in the San Francisco office of San Diego’s Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps.

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