On deck: Trans Teen Testifies on Capitol Hill; Gay Captain America

Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Wednesday, March 17, 2021. In addition to this being St. Patrick’s Day, it was also the day the Equality Act was debated in the U.S. Senate. You can watch the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee by clicking here.

Your need to read time today is 2-minutes.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

Tommy Burns at Punching Bag

Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns weighed only 175 pounds when he boxed in 1908.

Ireland was the first nation in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote on May 22, 2015, and on this day in 1908, a boxing match in Dublin ended sooner than any world heavyweight contest in history: 1 minute 28 seconds. The loser was Irish boxer Jem Roche, and Tommy Burns, Canada’s only native heavyweight champion, defended his title.

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Britton Majure running

Britton Majure

2021 70th NBA All-Star Game

Dwyane Wade speaks to the crowd during the 70th NBA All Star Game as part of 2021 NBA All Star Weekend on March 7, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Lindsey Farrell

Lindsey Farrell
@McDanielSports & @DavidSinclairPhotography


Patrick Shea

Patrick Shea

Photo provided

Philomel Books

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news…

Kansas advances plan to bar trans athletes from girls’ teams

How This Founder Is Helping Sports Entities Implement Diversity And Trans Inclusion Programs

Today’s SB Nation’s top story…

Top LGBTQ News…

Today’s OutShout:

Football v Transphobia Week of Action is coming up next week, and here’s the hashtag: #TransFootyAlly. The organizers are asking people to post clips of themselves talking about why they are an ally of trans people in football/soccer. Find out more by clicking here!

If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.

Social Media Spotlight:

Trans teen soccer athlete and trailblazer Bobby Jones is on TikTok, thanks to the Sports Equality Foundation! Watch by clicking here!

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at [email protected] or tag @Outsports on Instagram or Twitter!

Today’s Outsports Podcast:

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, The Trans Sporter Room beams up Kansas State Rep. Stephanie Byer to talk about hateful anti-trans legislation in her state and across the country. Plus she’s a huge fan of Star Wars! Download and listen here:

This and all Outsports podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!

Today’s Sports Calendar:

MLB Spring Training:

Exhibition games are underway! Click here for MLB’s guide to your favorite teams’ schedules.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.

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