This week’s winners and losers in LGBTQ Sports PLAY BALL!


Given that MLB is well underway, winners this week are Taters and losers are Whiffs!

Northern Ireland v USA - International Friendly

Sebastian Lletget of USA during the International friendly match between Northern Ireland and USA at National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast, No. Ireland, on March 28, 2021.
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Lletget tells Outsports he’s sorry he called teammate Julian Araujo ‘puto’ and then shared video of him doing that with his 689K followers.

Lewis Freese

Lewis Freese.
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Lewis Freese is using his opportunity to broaden the definition of gender and what’s possible.

LGBTQ advocacy groups and LGBTQ fans are not satisfied with the league’s response to KD’s direct message beef with actor Michael Rapaport.

Kevin Durant used the most graphic anti-gay language I’ve ever heard from a pro athlete. The NBA response? Crickets.

Rick Welts.

Rick Welts.
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Welts came out as gay in 2011, and proceeded to lead the Golden State Warriors through their most successful decade ever.

IWTV Family Reunion, GCW’s Acid Cup and For the Culture, Allie Kat’s Real Hot Girl Shit and EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch are ready to showcase what marginalized groups in pro wrestling can do.

Candace and Tig Archer

Candace and Tig Archer.
West Virginia University

Candace and Tig Archer started dating while runners at West Virginia University. It was only fitting that their close-knit team was an integral part of their wedding.

John Speicher holds the trophy that Dartmouth received for winning the Rice Invitational in Houston in 2019. 

John Speicher.

“I think it’s important to increase the representation so that people at the upper levels of the sport will be able to come out and feel supported,” says John Speicher, who struggled with his own coming out at Dartmouth.

Justin Gibson, a.k.a Jangles ScienceLad.

Justin Gibson.
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Justin Gibson (a.k.a. ‘Jangles ScienceLad’) has a master’s degree in biomechanics, experience as a trainer and the gift of gab. This week, he helped Outsports dispel the myths about trans athletes.

If we’re going to end trans-athlete bans any time soon, a more likely solution includes some transition for competitive sports.

For the past two months, Outsports has been investigating claims by the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group and counter-claims by advocates for trans inclusion. Here’s what we found.

Emily Bridges, who came out as transgender six months ago, is facing slanderous attacks from anti-trans activists.

By pulling out of Fayetteville-based championships, the Revolution Cycles Club sets a sterling example for the rest of the sports world.

The NCAA’s Division III LGBTQ OneTeam Program says the wave of anti-trans legislation is “dangerous.”

Cassandro Cup

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Lucha libre legend Cassandro’s 30-plus year career, personal struggles and influence on today’s LGBTQ pro wrestling talents permeated Butch vs. Gore’s Cassandro Cup event.

The voice of Ring of Honor’s Cameo charity campaign raised $500 for the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in his hometown of Allentown, Pa.

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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