When the Golden State Warriors set the record for most wins in an NBA season last night with their 73-9 record, they did it with an openly gay man, Rick Welts, as the President and COO of the team. While Welts' sexual orientation has nothing to do with the success of the team... that's the point. For LGBT executives and administrators across the sports world, Welts' success with the Warriors is like a giant beam of light in an often dark closet.
While North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory thought a toothless executive order would "fix" the controversy around North Carolina's anti-LGBT law HB2, all it did was infuriate LGBT people and their supporters. Now the calls on the NBA and others to move events out of the state are broadening, and people in sports are being asked to speak up.
One of the people who decided to weigh in was golfer Webb Simpson, who offered a pretty uninformed perspective on transgender people using bathrooms and locker rooms.
Plus, gay high school basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo joins us to talk about his letter to three North Carolina college basketball coaches.
Also, we announced our latest Outsports Reunion, and the first one in a dozen years. This one will focus on bringing LGBT people currently or recently in the sports world together to connect. We will also have various opportunities for Outsports readers and others to be part of the fun. We give a preview of the event in Chicago this June 23-26.