LGBT sports winners, losers and hopefuls of the week


Time once again for Outsports to stop the clock for an instant reply of the week that was. It’s my way of memorializing the glorious victories, the ignominious defeats, and the players and personalities who made them, lived them or just couldn’t avoid them.

I realize my roster may differ from yours, and I welcome your comments, contributions and critiques. I read them all! Details on how to reach me are below, after our look at the week’s winners, losers and hopefuls.

Courtesy of Simon Haerinck

Simon Haerinck’s “Same Sport, Different Sexuality” takes social media by storm with photos emphasizing the bond between gay and straight rowers.

Former rugby star Israel Folau, who said “hell awaits” gay people, settled with Rugby Australia for a confidential amount, according to a joint statement.

Matt Gay was mocked for his last name and will wear special cleats in Sunday’s ‘My Cause, My Cleats.’

British-born American Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy told SkySports he’s formally signed with Great Britain in hopes of competing in the 2022 Winter Games.

Dywane Wade has the perfect response to ‘hate’ and ‘stupidity’ launched at his son with long fingernails.

We don’t really think they’re losers, but the truth is these four trans athletes work harder for slower results. Winning is rare, but they compete for the love of sports.

Our resident transgender athlete contributor takes a peek at the transphobe’s playbook.

In one year Tom Bosworth went from proposing to his boyfriend at the Olympics to attempting to end his life.

For the eight openly gay or bi college football players, being out athletes enhanced their experiences.

Jamie O’Neill tackles her next challenge.

Megan Rapinoe capped her incredible year by winning the Ballon d’Or Féminin on Monday in Paris, presented annually now to the top player in women’s soccer.

Writing in The New York Times, transgender cyclist Dr. Rachel McKinnon revealed that she had faced abuse and death threats after Donald Trump Jr’s comments.

Gay referee Steve Strimling was tapped as the head referee for Friday night’s Pac-12 championship. The Oregon Ducks defeated the Utah Utes 37-15.

From drag queens singing the national anthem to on-court entertainment and education, fans of the Green Waves enjoyed a special night in New Orleans.

A top English rugby referee has used the Rainbow Laces campaign to come out as gay.

The participants in multiple “all gay” MK finals finish league play first and second, securing spots in the Final Kombat championship event in March 2020.

The 21-year-old fighting game champion and LGBTQ advocate wins even when they don’t have a controller in their hand.

Former Dallas Cowboys teammates express support for Rohrer, who came out as gay, and his husband and family.

After coming out to his University of Connecticut team, Gavin Parker finds the strength to be himself and be visible.

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!


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