LGBT Sports winners and losers of the week: Dennis Rodman edition


This week’s list of winners and losers is set to the theme of the brief but… well, let’s stick with brief but very cis-het marriage of Dennis Rodman to singer, model and actress Carmen Electra. She eloped with the famously gender fluid and sexually non-conforming Chicago Bulls star 22 years ago today. They wed in Las Vegas… and divorced six months later. That was just one of three marriages (and three divorces) for Rodman, who never missed an opportunity to bend gender roles with his androgynous attire. Stunts though they may be, Rodman sparked conversations about the dividing lines of masculine and feminine fashion.

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Dennis Rodman signs his autobiography August 21, 1996 in New York City. Rodman arrived in a horse-drawn carriage dressed in a wedding gown to launch his new book called “Bad as I Wanna Be.”
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So for this week, winners Walk On The Wild Side and losers are Bad As I Wanna Be, which just happen to be the titles of two of the seven books the Worm has written.

Speaking of Las Vegas…

The annual LGBTQ sporting event will be smaller and leaner, and organizers are prepared for all of it.

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Devin Bryant joined protesters outside Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville, Texas.
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Covenant Christian Academy in Texas kicked out track athlete Devin Bryant, just days before starting his senior year, because he’s gay.

Karleigh Webb writes, “Sports is a front in the fight for trans rights.”

Our Cyd Zeigler notes that in just one interview, FA’s Greg Clarke somehow managed to hit the triple crown of offensive language.

Unique Smith

Unique Smith
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Unique Smith found a home and support on his college volleyball team by being himself. Another inspiring coming out story edited by co-founder Jim Buzinski.

Three researchers studied coming-out stories on Outsports. They found a men’s sports world supportive of out gay athletes.

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Minnesota United FC midfielder Collin Martin (17) runs with the ball during the Minnesota United FC versus the Montreal Impact game on July 06, 2019, at Stade Saputo in Montreal, QC.
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The gay soccer pro says he doesn’t know what’s holding closeted athletes back.

Our Brian Bell penned this moving profile of Heineman, who became the first national gaming champion in 1980, but didn’t truly begin the process of finding self-worth until recognizing she was transgender in the 2000s.

Martin Jenkins

Jenkins had a brief stint with the Seattle Seahawks before a career in law. He is now opening up about being gay.

Our Shelby Weldon wrote about Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema, who added to her laurels Monday after being voted WSL’s player of the month.

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones
Eleanor Jones

Backed by his team and his parents, trans teen Bobby Jones pushed to change the policy of his hometown league in Washington state.

Shelby Weldon

On Tuesday, 21 years after the first Outsports post, readers saluted co-founders Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler for their work telling the stories of LGBTQ athletes, coaches and sports professionals.

Deputy managing editor Alex Reimer writes: “I came to Outsports looking for a job. I’ve gained an invaluable support group.”

Ness Murby

Ness Murby competes in discus for Canada. He wants to further the conversation about disability in the trans community. He came out on the Outsports podcast, Five Rings To Rule Them All with our Cyd Zeiger.

Eammon Atkinson says joining a gay-inclusive rugby club was the best thing he ever did, and now he’s telling the world about it.

‘People in the know about wrestling know about this movement, these people and these stories. But what they don’t know is the history that goes back to the 1940s.’

Biles unapologetically stood with LGBTQ people after a conservative group had attacked her Uber Eats ad.


TV Personality Jonathan Van Ness arrives at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on March 28, 2019.
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Over the past couple of years, Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness has crossed over with the sports world to spectacular results.

Our Ken Schultz writes in his review: “You’d expect Megan Rapinoe’s autobiography to be a compelling story filled with unapologetic opinions. But it’s also inspiring, empathetic, and entertaining as hell to boot.”

After not visiting The White House following 2019 championships, Rapinoe and Cloud ask President-elect Biden for a do over.

In his first speech as president-elect, Joe Biden talked about gay and transgender Americans.

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 outs[email protected] Thanks, and be good to yourself and one another!


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