Halloween 2020 edition of winners and losers in LGBT sports


Here’s this week’s list of winners and losers, and in keeping with the theme of Halloween, the winners will get candy and the losers get a big ol’ BOO!

Danell Leyva

Leyva won three Olympic medals for Team USA. His coming out is a story of courage, and a lesson for all of us.

Sonny Kiss’ surprise entrance and quick exit in AEW’s World Championship contenders tournament presents underlying effects within traditional pro wrestling storytelling.

Dan Palmer played rugby in Australia and France before coming out and leaving the pitch.

Dodgers Rays Series

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For the first time in our friend Blake Harris’s life, the Dodgers are champions

World Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Six

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The World Series ended with a mess.


If this can happen, maybe the rest of 2020 won’t suck so bad afterall. Still… there are questions about their timing.

NCAA My Story Matters campaign include LGBTQ athletes who are out on their teams.

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Kelly McNiff originally bonded with her wife over basketball. Their relationship eventually grew to include everything else.

In an upset, Davids was elected to Congress in 2018. She’s projected to win reelection handedly this time around.

Arsenault says his coming out as a college volleyball player made him ready to help the next generation move forward.

Candy Lee Paris Is Bumping


Evans will take part in the pro wrestling and ballroom crossover event on Thursday night.

Billy Dixon’s mixture of pro wrestling and ballroom puts the entire industry on notice.

Sims, who is the first openly gay legislator to be elected in Pennsylvania, says the best public policy is grounded in empathy.

Tom Harald Hagen is a FIFA referee. He says it’s time to get gay slurs out of the sport.

The snowboarder was the first Indigenous Alaskan to compete in the Olympics for Team USA.

The Fashionista Calvin Couture and Trophy Boy Tyler Klein see pro wrestling as a medium for all to be ‘whoever you want to be.’

Ryan Russell

Russell says NFL teams are running out of excuses to not sign an openly gay or bisexual player.

Bryson Cavanaugh Fordham Women’s Basketball


After graduating from Fordham, Bryson Cavanaugh is now pursuing a career in law enforcement. He publicly came out this month as transgender.

LZ Granderson interviewed co-founders Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler about their 21 years telling stories at a virtual convention of queer journalists, where they were inducted into the LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at [email protected] Thanks, and remember to please celebrate safely!


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