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This week’s LGBT Sports winners, losers and Stanley Cup Qualifiers

The NHL is skating closer to the Stanley Cup playoffs as we look back at the big stories we’ve covered in the past 7 days.

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NCAA postpones Idaho decision, reveals transgender athlete ‘policy review’

The Board of Governors tabled consideration of moving its Boise March Madness tournament games as it reviews its own policy on transgender athletes and awaits the outcome of a federal lawsuit on Idaho’s anti-trans law.

On the pitch and in the studio, Alice Soper runs straight at you

New Zealand rugby player and television analyst Alice Soper has a lot to say about the sport she loves.

Gay former umpire Dale Scott joins in virtual ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’

To welcome the 2020 season, Scott puts the mask back on to join several baseball players and alumni in a virtual seventh inning stretch.

Former USWNT member Lori Lindsey defends trans athletes: ‘I’m gay and remember what it feels like to be different’

Lindsey wrote an op-ed in the Indy Star arguing against Idaho’s HB500, which bars trans girls from participating in women’s sports.

Gay baseball player remembers his coach who died from COVID-19 at age 30

Being Out: Michael Holland remembers his former coach as someone ‘who cared about me and what I wanted to do outside of baseball.’

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This coach came out at an NCAA convention. Now he leads the LGBTQ-inclusion program OneTeam

Neil Virtue is proud of the work OneTeam has done in the last year, and he’s hoping for more in the near future.

Here’s who signed a letter to the NCAA opposing trans inclusion

They’re 309 women who oppose transgender inclusion in sports, and wanted to do so in secret. But Martina Navratilova and her cosigners could not hide from us.

Sue Bird came up with idea for WNBA players to wear shirts supporting Kelly Loeffler’s opponent

WNBA players are wearing shirts this week to support the Democratic challenger to Loeffler’s senate seat.

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U.S. elite and club rugby players join worldwide chorus against proposed trans ban

USA Rugby is asking for feedback on proposed World Rugby guidelines

For trans high school lacrosse player, it was liberating playing with boys team

‘On the field, I’m not a trans kid or an autistic kid or a depressed kid. I’m a lacrosse player,’ Gabriel Kris says.

Tom Daley shows fans that he’s hilariously bad at golf

In a new vlog, the Olympic medalist entertainingly demonstrates that athletic skills on the platform don’t translate on the driving range.

When this UCLA gymnast came out before the team’s Pride Meet, her teammates embraced her

After coming out as bisexual, Kalyany Steele set career highs on the mat.

Who are the 300 unnamed athletes who signed anti-trans group’s letter to NCAA?

Anti-trans group Save Women’s Sport claims more than 300 athletes stand with them in support of Idaho’s HB500, but named only three.

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Megan Rapinoe’s new talk show debuts on HBO

USWNT star and outspoken advocate Megan Rapinoe kicks off a new talk show on HBO, talking to AOC among others.

This week’s LGBT Sports winners won’t be postponed

Except for the Marlins and 3 other teams, the MLB, NBA, WNBA and now the NHL are back in action as we look back at the big stories we’ve covered in the past 7 days.

The QuaranTeam holds its final Zoom video chat of the summer

Outsports hosted one last Zoom video conference Friday night for anyone and everyone who wanted to join us in conversation, shared stories, and to feel connected.

Out Olympian Martha McCabe working with other Olympic athletes to mentor youth

Martha McCabe didn’t come out to herself until her swimming career was over. She wants to be a role model.

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Nike’s new ad shows everyone is equal

The split screen effect shows viewers how much we all have in common.

Gay U.S. lacrosse goalie came out to ‘normalize what makes us different’

Madison Doucette used her coming out as gay in lacrosse to increase acceptance.

Dwyane Wade passionately supports transgender daughter after ugly attacks from Twitter trolls

Wade continues to publicly support his daughter, Zaya, who came out as transgender at 12 years old.

Mystics’ Aerial Powers demands Andre Iguodola ‘put some respect’ on her name after tweets

Powers’ teammate Natasha Cloud and other WNBA players stood in solidarity against Number 28 from the Miami Heat’s reductive comments.

Brittney Griner says she will protest during the national anthem all season

As part of the WNBA’s demonstration against police brutality, the Phoenix Mercury star reveals that she won’t be on court for the anthem at any game this year.

How gay baseball player Matt Barker overcame addiction, and learned to love himself

Barker’s baseball dreams were derailed by injuries and partying, but now he’s at peace with himself.

For gay college producer, hockey was a way to be one of the guys

Richard Coffey battled isolation and his sexual identity by embracing hockey, but he now realizes he had to be honest with himself to be truly happy.

Kyrie Irving sets up $1.5 million fund for WNBA players, with assist from Natasha Cloud

Irving is committing $1.5 million to subsidize the incomes of WNBA players who have opted out of their season.

Sen. Mike Lee attacks NCAA President for supporting trans athletes

Mike Lee, a Republican U.S. Senator from Utah, attempted to cite cis women’s rights to condemn trans athletes, contradicting his retrograde views on that issue as well.

Rugby players and officials oppose proposed transgender athlete ban

Opposition to a ban and transgender women players stirs across Australia and New Zealand.

Sue Bird explains why she’s dedicating season to social justice in powerful essay

Bird co-authored the social justice essay with Nneka Ogwumike.

Champion trampoline gymnast Luke Strong comes out

"I’ve never hidden anything and I’m really open about the fact that I’m attracted to both sexes," Luke Strong tells the BBC.

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Houston Dash: Challenge Cup Champions

The Dash beat the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 on Sunday to win the NWSL Challenge Cup

Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars in NWSL Final

The women of the Red Stars met the Dash in Sandy, Utah to see who will take home the Challenge Cup.

Sports is back and so are LGBT winners and losers

The MLB, the NWSL and now the WNBA are back in action as we look back at the big stories we’ve covered in the past 7 days.

British boxer ‘apologizes’ after getting sacked for homophobic and transphobic TikTok

Middleweight James Hawley’s promoter dropped him because of his bigoted TikTok video. But he says he’s the real victim here, saying he has gay friends and a cousin.

Gay Olympic rower aims to fight injustice: ‘Sport is a vehicle to shine a light’

Emma Twigg of New Zealand says her sexuality has never been a focus of her rowing career but now she’s ready to advocate for LGBT athletes.

World Series champ Aubrey Huff gets called out for gross homophobic tweet

Huff frequently tweets hateful messages on his toxic Twitter feed.

Gay swimmer Michael Gunning remains determined to represent Jamaica at the Olympics

Despite the pandemic postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Gunning maintains his focus on being a role model as a Black LGBTQ swimmer.

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