One of the best things about the Wubble has been the content players are sharing from inside it. Teammates — along with players from other teams — are forced to spend much more time together as a result of being siphoned off from the rest of the world. Luckily for us, the result is a seemingly endless stream of TikToks and Instagram Stories that give us a peek into the lives of the players inside the Wubble.
Some players brought family members with them to their Bradenton bubble which, in some cases, means couples content. Any gay fan of the WNBA is going to have their favorite queer couples. There are many, many lesbian couples to stan, far too many to include in a single column.
We love Layshia Clarendon and their wife, Jessica, but Jessica is pregnant and stayed home. Diana Taurasi and her wife, retired WNBA player Penny Taylor, are basketball royalty (and known for getting drunk on Instagram live and talking shit for four hours with Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe), but Penny stayed home with the couples’ son, Leo. So for this column, I’m choosing to narrow down this list to couples who are in the Wubble together and providing us cute content from their isolated little world.
1. Aerial Powers and AzuréRae Turner
Aerial, a forward for the Washington Mystics, and her girlfriend, YouTuber AzuréRae, have a joint YouTube channel they started four months ago, during quarantine. You can watch them eat spicy noodles together and see AzuréRae meet Aerial’s family for the first time. The couple is in the Wubble together, creating videos. They’ve been receiving a bunch of homophobic comments after Powers had the gall to demand respect from an NBA player tweeting about her and failing to mention her name. If you have it in you, head over to their page and leave them supportive comments and show them how much the queers love them.
2. Brittney Griner and Cherelle Griner
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner and her wife, Cherelle, are sickeningly in love with each other and it drips from every single one of their posts. Cherelle posts Instagram Stories from the Wubble hanging out with Griner and watching her play. The two met years ago when they were both students at Baylor.
3. Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley
The married backcourt for the Chicago Sky (aka #Vanderquigz) are posting cute selfies from the workout room and being #goals for their teammates. You can also tune into Sky games to see the two balling out together. The couple kept their relationship private for more than five years, until two days after their wedding in 2018, when they announced their marriage on social media. “My career really took off once we started dating and we started really committing to each other and the court,” Vandersloot said in 2019. “Both of our careers took off. We owe each other a lot. We just want to continue to grow together both on and off the court.”
4. Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe
Lesbian icon and soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe is in the Wubble with her partner, Seattle’s Sue Bird. They haven’t posted a ton of content together but tbh I’m just living for the shots of whatever Megan is wearing that day. She looks like she walked out of Grey Gardens and is playing the part of Little Edie in the Wubble.
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 2, 2020
Megan Rapinoe’s getting her own gameday arrival photos off in the wnba bubble.
I love it.
— Meredith Minkow (@murrminks) July 26, 2020
— Meredith Cash (@mercash22) August 5, 2020
This is a uh, look for Megan Rapinoe LMAO pic.twitter.com/M6krJ3IVhE
— Halbridious (@Halbridious) July 31, 2020
5. Breanna Stewart and Marta Xargay
2018 MVP Stewie is in the Wubble with her girlfriend, Marta, a professional basketball player who has played for the W and currently plays in Spain. In addition to adorable photos on Instagram, Marta is posting killer content on TikTok. In one video we learn that Marta kissed Stewie first, but Stewie said “I love you” first. In another, we watch Marta poke Stewie in the face repeatedly, which is truly relatable content (I am always the annoying partner in that scenario).
6. Chelsea Gray and Tipesa Mercedes
L.A. Sparks guard Chelsea Gray married her wife, Tipesa, last year. I’ve deduced from Instagram Stories that Tipesa is in the Wubble, though the two haven’t posted much content together from within it. However, they make this list because the two are gorgeous and have an Instagram Live show that talks about queer history.
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How We Got Here, Ep. 1 “Enough is Enough” – The LGBTQ+ community began fighting back long before the Stonewall Riots. @cgray209 and I had the pleasure of joining Broadway Actress @peppermint247 to recount some pivotal events by a community that was fed up of being treated as less than. @freeform #HowWeGotHere chronicles moments in LGBTQ+ history that led us to now #ProgressIsPride. Stay tuned for episode 2 🌈
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Trans and gender non-conforming people have ~ ALWAYS ~ been here. How We Got Here, Ep. 2 “Bending Gender Norms” @cgray209 and I join journalist @rayzhon and Broadway actress @peppermint247 to highlight those who fought throughout history for visibility and self expression. Stay tuned for episode 3 🌈
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How We Got Here, Ep. 3 “Where Words Meet Action” The intersection of Blackness and queerness is at the very foundation of civil rights in America. In #HowWeGotHere, journalists @chiefrebelle and @rayzhon discuss the radical thought leaders in LGBTQ+ history that led us to now #ProgressIsPride
This week’s treat for your eyes: the Chicago Sky