LGBTQ sports winners and losers of the week, one year into the pandemic

This week’s list of winners and losers in LGBTQ sports is dedicated to the fight to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic, which in large part started one year ago here in the U.S. And we honor the more than 507,000 whose deaths are attributed to this terrible disease. My hope is that as more of us are vaccinated — I got my first shot this week! — and if we continue to follow CDC protocols to wear a mask or face covering indoors, practice social distancing and keep washing our hands, we may soon get back to life (and sports) that more closely resembles “normal.”

John Epping and Greg Smith’s teams matched up at Canada’s national men’s curling championship, the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier.

The couple tied the knot last October to protect themselves in case Donald Trump got reelected.


Grace Dzindolet dribbling

Grace Dzindolet, left.

Grace Dzindolet has always loved basketball, but in college she co-founded a support group for LGBTQIA+ student-athletes as she continues to push inclusion.

Jordan Fixsen swims for Penfield High School in New York.

Chris Ott

Swimmer Jordan Fixsen took the plunge by coming out as nonbinary to their team. Anxiety and fear of rejection were replaced by support and acceptance.

Aiden Aggro

Harry Aaron

The ‘Biracial Bae’ and Maine State Posse member came out publicly Thursday morning.

John Olbrys is a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard.

William Waybourn

John Olbrys is now living openly as an officer in the Coast Guard, continuing to row and now finding love.

Gov. Tate Reeves owns the dubious distinction of signing the first trans sports ban in 2021.

A letter signed by hundreds of NCAA student-athletes demands the organization move tournaments out of states considering or enacting anti-transgender

With Tennessee’s legislature considering a transgender athlete ban, several corporations that do business there hope to stop the bill in its tracks.

Kendra Stansbury

Kendra Stansbury and her daughter
Kendra Stansbury

Outsports reader and transgender ally Kendra Stansbury wrote a letter to her daughter and decided to share it with us and all our readers.

Bereft of ideas, Republicans are resorting to an old scare tactic: demonizing LGBTQ people.

The Loughborough University paper explains that the question of competitive advantage of trans women is complex and requires further study.

Trans Athletes: The New Frontier of Sports - 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

Photo by Robert A Tobiansky/Getty Images for SXSW

Kahrl, who in 2002 became the nation’s first out transgender sports writer, announced she will be heading up sports coverage at a major metropolitan newspaper.

While MiLB teams are still assembling promotional schedules, more vaccine availability could make Pride Nights happen this summer.

Joanna Lohman retired in 2019.

Dozens of elite athletes talk about winning and the transformative power of sports in this new book by Lohman and writer Paul Tukey.

That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you another 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 stay safe!

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