I have enjoyed highlighting the different media members for the W. This next woman I just came last week after a column she wrote caught many eyes, including mine. Meet Britni de la Cretaz!
Check out the column that has fans talking. Britni shares her story below! Be sure to give her a follow on the Twitter!
Welcome to @britnidlc’s first WNBA column, which will cover real stuff, like the fact that the WNBA is the only professional league to ensure their social justice work is trans inclusive, alongside lighter stuff, like thirst traps and queer Daddy content! https://t.co/8pMI2Pj3RN pic.twitter.com/EbY6EBFaiN
— Autostraddle (@autostraddle) July 31, 2020
“I’ve been a sports writer for about five years now. I’ve always covered the intersections of sports, gender, and queerness but my main sport was baseball. While I covered women’s and girls baseball and women and girls IN baseball, I also followed MLB closely. The season overlaps with the WNBA so I never felt I could do both. But about two-and-a-half years ago, it was getting increasingly hard to follow baseball. The players were so openly bigoted and the sport is so “traditional” that it felt like I was in love with a sport that actively hated me. I felt like I was having to put more and more of myself aside to enjoy the game.
I wanted to support athletes whose politics I believed in and who were unafraid to take a stand. I decided to intentionally pivot to follow the WNBA in 2018, after getting into the 2017 playoffs. I was hooked immediately. Last year, when the Sun made the Finals, I reached out to both Boston papers and found that they weren’t planning on sending anyone to cover it so I ended up covering the Finals for both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, which was an incredible experience. I’m still learning a lot but W media and W twitter has been nothing but awesome.
I’ve been curating queer WNBA content on Twitter for a couple years now. I’ve been frustrated by how much support the USWNT (soccer) has received from queer communities, while the W seems to garner considerably less. I believed firmly that if you packaged the WNBA in a way that queer audiences could relate to, there would be tons of people who would love to support a league full of queer women— and would give the queer people already supporting the league a community space to celebrate that. I’d been tweeting “WNBA thirst” content and regularly tagging Autostraddle asking them to give me a column. The first weekend of this season they responded! I’m super grateful to my editor there for making room in her budget to prioritize this coverage. I didn’t see the content I wanted in the world so i went out and made it!
I’m a freelance writer whose work focuses on the intersections of sports, gender, and queerness, and has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, EspnW, The Ringer, SB Nation, and more. In addition to my weekly column at Autostraddle, I also have a newsletter called Still Out of Your League. I’m working on a book with Lyndsey D’Arcangelo about the National Women’s Football League, the first professional women’s football league in U.S. history.”