This week’s triumphant winners and transphobic losers in LGBTQ sports

Here we are at the weekend, halfway through the first-ever Triumph Awards, one day closer to the Transgender Day of Visibility and smack in the heart of March Madness. So let’s get to this week’s winners and losers:


NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Oral Roberts at Florida

Oral Roberts Golden Eagles bench storm the court after defeating the Florida Gators at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind.
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While Oral Roberts has become this year’s March Madness underdogs, the school’s treatment of LGBTQ students should make the university pariahs, not heroes.


Dozens of NCAA member schools maintain policies that ban gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes and coaches.


Outsports, in partnership with NCLR, introduces a new series of awards to pay tribute to transgender athletes, coaches and others working to give every trans competitor a chance to fulfill their dream.


UW-Oshkosh swimmer Quill is transgender.

Shelby Weldon

The Triumph Awards, in partnership with NCLR, honor UW-Oshkosh swimmer Quill Graham’s willingness to be a visible beacon of hope for inclusion.


Shelby Weldon

The Triumph Awards, in partnership with NCLR, honor pro volleyball pioneer Tifanny Abreu. The first transgender player in Brazil’s Superliga continues a quest for a season championship and a mission to boost her trans community in her homeland.


Katelyn Burns is the Triumph Award winner for journalism

Katelyn Burns.
Shelby Weldon

These new awards, in partnership with NCLR, honor transgender athletes as well as other trans people involved in sports, including this journalist.


Collin Lillie dismounts

Collin Lillie.

When Collin Lillie decided to come out, ‘my teammates lifted me up, gave me space to figure it out and celebrated me above all.’


Josiah Davis in uniform.

Josiah Davis.

After shedding internal doubts, Josiah Davis says that “by coming out of the closet, I’ve allowed myself to have deeper friendships with my peers as well as shift my priorities.”


Kim Brady

Kim Brady.

After struggling with being gay growing up, Kim Brady found her niche on Cal’s soccer team in college and never looked back.


Andrew Mortensen.
Screenshot via Instagram

Andrew Mortensen’s journey began in northwest Washington state. Six months later, he’s raised more than $7,500 for The Trevor Project, and is on his way to Patagonia.


Cassandro Cup

Butch vs. Gore/Twitter

Sunday, March 28, will see Butch vs. Gore’s 7-person tournament for the Cassandro Cup and an IWTV Independent Wrestling title shot on IWTV.


Chip McKenney.
Photo provided

Chip McKenney started the Gay Polo League in 2006, and 15 years later, the group boasts members in 14 countries.


Gov. Bill Lee of TN, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Ark. and Gov. Tate Reeves of Miss. talk to reporters in photos laid over a shredded copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Left to right: Gov. Bill Lee of TN, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Ark. and Gov. Tate Reeves of Miss.
Lee: PAULA OSPINA/ The Jackson Sun via Imagn Content Services, LLC; Hutchinson: JAMIE MITCHELL/TIMES RECORD via Imagn Content Services, LLC; Reeves: AP Photo

These atrocities are being reported as a ‘trans ban’ when in fact what these Republican governors have done is violated the U.S. Constitution.


Kristi Noem defends her ‘style and form’ veto while touting a new initiative to ‘Defend Title IX Now.’


Trans and cis women compete in roller derby

WFTDA roller derby is a contact sports with inclusion and community-focused values.
Ryan Quick

Trans women are women, trans women athletes are women athletes, writes Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association Executive Director Erica Vanstone.


Sarah Crowley cheers on UMass Amherst.

Sarah Crowley.
Photo provided

During her senior year at UMass Amherst, lacrosse star Sarah Crowley came out, and five teammates followed suit.


‘Proud To Play’ shares the stories of LGBTQ athletes and coaches building inclusion.


The cancel crowd has tried to influence sport’s response to homophobia. Sports have instead chosen redemption.


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!


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